Just two days before Londoners go to the polls on May 6, the London LGBTIQA+ Community Housing Coalition has urged candidates to promise to produce the strategy if they are voted into City Hall as well as working with local councils to improve pathways off the streets for homeless people who identify as LGBTIQA+.
The London LGBTIQA+ Community Housing Coalition includes housing association Tonic as well as Stonewall Housing, LGBTIQA+ shelter The Outside Project and charities Stonewall, Microrainbow, Consortium and akt. An akt spokesperson told The Big Issue: “We know from our frontline services how crucial the recommendations outlined in this manifesto are in addressing LGBTIQA+ homelessness throughout the capital.
“As London navigates a post-Covid landscape we hope we can work constructively with the next Mayor of London to implement these recommendations and significantly improve the livelihood of LGBTIQA+ Londoners.”
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Akt research shows nearly one in five people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, asexual, plus other sexual orientations and gender identities have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives and while almost one quarter of young people facing or experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTIQA+.
In London as many as 450,000 citizens identify as LGB, according to Public Health England figures, and the manifesto calls for greater protection for the community in the English capital.