Several months ago an online poll of 2,109 people by YouGov on behalf of the LGBT youth homelessness charity AKT (formerly known as the Albert Kennedy Trust) found a quarter of adults in the UK would not feel proud to have an LGBT+ child, as part of a new study.
They asked people how they would feel in a range of scenarios if they had a child who came out to them as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, other.
When respondents were asked whether they would “feel proud to have an LGBT child”, 26 per cent of those polled disagreed.
Less than half (46 per cent) of people surveyed agreed with the statement that they would feel proud to have a child who had come out.
We know that LGBT+ youth are disproportionately likely to experience homelessness, comprising as high as 40% of the total population of youth experiencing homelessness. LGBT+ and young people of colour reported twice the rate of homelessness compared to white LGBT+ youngsters.