CHARITY: akt are pulling together to help vulnerable LGBTQI youth

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DIVA chats to Claire Linacre, Donor Engagement Manager at akt, all about their work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY SARA CARPENTIERI One of the most renowned LGBTQI charities in the UK, akt have been supporting LGBTQI youth aged 16-25 who are facing or experiencing homelessness since 1989.  akt was first set [….]

DIVA presents: In session with Heather Peace for #aktogether sessions

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You can still catch this exclusive session with Heather Peace and raise money for akt BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Just a few weeks ago, LGBTQI youth homelessness charity akt launched their #aktogether sessions. It was a fabulous two-day digital festival aimed at fundraising for their cause, while entertaining and engaging their supporters and young people alike.  [….]

EVENTS: akt release star-studded line-up for #aktogether sessions

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Come join us for a chat with the one and only Heather Peace in support of akt this Friday BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As many people have been struggling with the lows of lockdown whilst isolated from friends, family and the wider LGBTQI community, our friends over at akt are bringing us a wonderful event to [….]

VIEWS: 5 ways to stay busy while staying home

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“Self care shouldn’t be overlooked while self isolating” BY BEX SHORUNKE. IMAGE KELLY LACY COVID-19 has deprived a selfless NHS of sleep and the people their freedom. The UK hasn’t ever (in recent years) looked so dystopian – empty streets, barricaded shops and tumbleweed gliding through Soho. Womxn worldwide are being confined to the four [….]

Research reveals 26% of UK adults would not be proud to have an LGBTQI child

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Alarming figures show that LGBTQI children are being forced into homelessness by their own parents BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA BROADLY’S GENDER SPECTRUM COLLECTION The thought of growing up in a household where your own parents feel uncomfortable with your sexuality at a time when LGBTQI rights have come so far, still feels shocking.  Your [….]

VIEWS: A note on homelessness

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Reflecting on the many guises of homelessness after World Homeless Day 2019 BY EMILY. IMAGE CHARRY JIN. Being “homeless” doesn’t only mean that you’re sleeping on the street. It can mean that you’re spending prolonged periods of time sleeping on friends’ sofas, in shelters or hostels or on public transport amongst other things. Before I [….]

EVENTS: A queer, 80s-themed extravaganza raising money for LGBTQI youth? We’re in.

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Celebrate akt’s 30th birthday with queer party legends Sink The Pink BY ALICIA PRYZSIENIAK Celebrating 30 years of safer homes and better futures for LGBTQI youth, akt, the UK’s LGBTQI youth homelessness charity, are back with their biggest event yet!  Produced by drag royalty Sink The Pink and hosted at the incredible TROXY venue in [….]