One in four parents in the UK would still feel uncomfortable having an LGBT+ child, new research suggests.
The LGBT+ homelessness charity ‘AKT’ along with YouGov conducted new research and have found that one quarter (26%) of adults in the UK disagree that they would feel “proud” to have an LGBT+ child. It also showed that 11% would feel uncomfortable living with their under 18 LGBT+ child and 14% wouldn’t want their child to bring home a same-sex partner, according to ‘Gay Times’.
“Previous research from akt found that 24% of homeless people aged 16 to 25 identified as LGBTQ, and more than three quarters (77%) of them cited abuse and rejection from family as a reason for losing their homes,” the article states.
“These figures barely capture the heart-breaking realities we hear every day from the young people that akt is here to support,” said Tim Sigsworth, CEO of akt.
“Up to a quarter of young homeless people living in the UK identify as LGBT, and 77 per cent of those find themselves in their predicament because of a hostile or unsafe environment at home.
“People often talk about the ‘unconditional love’ that parents have for their children, however we know first-hand that in many cases, the act of coming out can result in parental rejection and abuse for many young people.
“akt is here to support LGBTQ+ young people into safe homes and better futures, and work toward a world where no young person has to choose between having a roof over their head and being who they are.
“We hope that shedding a light on some of these issues with our polling will help raise awareness and spark something in people to do what they can to help end LGBTQ+ youth homelessness here in the UK.”
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