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McKellen backs gay homeless charity

May 23 2009
Sir Ian will promote the Albert Kennedy Trust at a December fundraiser Sir Ian McKellen is to lend his support to a gay homeless charity by attending a benefit evening organised by Village Drinks, the UK's leading network for gay professionals, on 14th December at the Century Members' Club. Sir Ian will talk about his life and career, as well as answering questions, before mingling with members of Village Drinks and his special guests. All the money raised will go to the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), of which Sir Ian has been a patron since 2007. It was formed in 1989 after 16-year-old Albert Kennedy fell to his death from the top of a car park in Manchester while trying to escape a carload of homophobic bullies. A runaway from a children's home in Salford, Mr Kennedy was depressed and had long battled with abuse and rejection. Heterosexual foster carer Cath Hall set up the charity, admitting that she could not meet all the needs of young gay and lesbian people who came into her care. Today, the AKT fills this gap by supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people who are homeless, or living in an abusive or hostile environment. Through its offices in London and Manchester, the AKT provides accommodation, including supported lodgings, fostering and specialist housing schemes. It also supports young people to live independently and works to improve public attitudes towards LGBT young people.
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