AKT - working with LGBT care leavers - seeks help
akt formed in Manchester in 1989 by Cath Hall, an experienced foster carer, who had become acutely aware of the rejection and ejection of young LGBT people from their family homeakt formed in Manchester in 1989 by Cath Hall, an experienced foster carer, and founder member of Manchester Parents Group (MPG), who had become acutely aware of the rejection and ejection of young LGBT people from their family home and the homophobia they faced within school and society.
Cath was an activist during the days of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and is the original straight ally.
Cath on setting up akt (1990): “I was a foster carer and had looked after several young people who were LGBT. Some of them had horrific experiences in care and had mostly been running away. We worked to provide a very safe place for them where they’d also meet good people to model themselves on. We started akt (formerly The Albert Kennedy Trust) in July 1989. A dozen people came to a meeting and about eight or nine of them became dedicated volunteers.It was an emotional response, an angry response, to what was going on at the time.”
Cath on working with young LGBT people (1990): “The young people know clearly what they want and feel, but they feel unable to tell other people that. They’re not sure what’s expected of them trying to fit into a society that won’t allow them to be who they are. What would I tell a young person? Be proud of who you are and don’t be afraid to tell somebody – but choose carefully the person that you tell.”