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Ian McKellen becomes a patron.

The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) is delighted to announce that Ian McKellen, one of Britain's best loved actors, has become a patron of the charity.


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Arts Council England has announced plans to end its annual funding of queerupnorth, Manchester's annual LGBT arts festival, in March 2008. This will lead to the cancellation of the 2008 festival in Manchester, halt all future touring plans, end their unique programme of work for young people, and result in the immediate closure of the organisation.

queerupnorth are launching an appeal to encourage Arts Council England to reconsider their decision, and continue supporting queerupnorth. If you have enjoyed or benefited from queerupnorth in any way during the last 15 years - as artists, as audiences, as participants - you are urged to show your support by doing a number of things:

Please add your name and comments to the petition at:

Please lend your support to their letter writing campaign - more information on which can be found here:

The appeal against the funding cut will be submitted to Arts Council England on January 15th 2008, with the appeal considered on January 25th 2008.

It's essential that we act now if we're to succeed in saving queer up north - please help if you can.

Further information can be found at:

If you'd like any more information about queerupnorth, please contact Artistic Director Jonathan Best ( or General Manager Adam Pushkin (, or call the office on 0161 234 2942.

Manchester Pride Festival in August 2008

Mr Gay UK Daniel Broughton names AKT as his chosen charity

Daniel Broughton has made a firm commitment to support the work of AKT throughout his year as Mr Gay UK.

Back in September Daniel began his work with AKT by visiting our Manchester office and meeting with a group of our young people. Whilst they shared their own stories of how they became involved with AKT, Daniel also talked about his own experience of growing up as a gay man and winning the MR GAY UK contest this year. Daniel also agreed to join them on the AKT float at the Manchester Pride Festival in August 2008.

Daniel will also be helping to raise much needed funds for AKT at our Winter Comedy benefit on 1 st November at the Sony private members club in Spitalfields; where he will host the Aussiebum auction and other events on the night. Tickets are selling out fast so please contact Mark on 020 7831 6562 if you would like to attend this event.


26th February 2007

Make a date with Mr Gay UK -
New calendar set to raise much needed funds for AKT

The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) is delighted to announce that Mark Carter, Mr Gay UK, has agreed to donate £2 from every one of his new official calendars sold to AKT, the charity that works with and supports LGBT teenagers who find themselves homeless or with accommodation problems.

The Official Mark Carter, Mr Gay UK 2007 - 2008 calendar features photographs by Davey Glover, Mark Hawkins and Celebrity Photographer Terry George. This Mark Carter calendar will certainly appeal to his growing fan base as the current Mr Gay UK. As a serving police officer, Mark Carter is an openly gay role model to young gay people and is popular for his personality and also his good looks. The calendar shows Mark at home in Bradford brushing his teeth, doing the ironing and lying in his bed. Photos also include swimwear pictures and an extra special surprise for the month of December. The Mr Gay UK Calendar is priced at £8.75 plus P & P and all profits go to the AKT. For a sneak preview or to buy visit

The Mr Gay UK Contest has a long standing relationship with AKT, having supported the charity several times in the past. Commenting on the relationship, Mark Carter says "The Albert Kennedy Trust do vital work and I am delighted to be able to support AKT by donating £2 from every calendar sold. The relevance of AKT, and the services it provides, is as great now as it ever has been."
Paul Turner, Trustee and Chair of AKT's fundraising committee says "This is the first time AKT have endorsed a calendar and we hope it provides us with much needed income. Mark is a great role model to young gay people and so its particularly appropriate that he has chosen to support the AKT and our important work with homeless teenagers."

If you would like to find out how you can support the work of the AKT, contact them via their website or email

For further information or a photo of Mark Carter please contact:
Mark Quirk, The Albert Kennedy Trust.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 6562. Email:

About Mark Carter
Mark, 24 years old, born in Halifax, England, he is the eldest of 2 children, having a younger brother. After completing his A-Levels at school he went on to study a degree in Sports Science at University. He then became a full time football coach, whilst running one of the largest Mini-Soccer (Football for 6-11 year olds) Leagues in the country.

He first appeared in the news in June 2006 when he became Mr Gay Birmingham in the annual beauty contest and then became the first ever Police Officer to go on and win the competition - becoming Mr Gay UK.

Mark still works as a Police Officer and patrols the Kirklees Division of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire . He lives with his family in Bradford and juggles his police duties with attending charity events and making personal appearances. He has featured on local television, in the tabloids and as a cover model for the gay press.


15th January 2007
Albert Kennedy Trust appoints new Chief Executive

AKT is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Sigsworth as its new Chief Executive. Tim has joined AKT from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester.

Following 8 years as a social worker specialising in adult and young people’s mental health within residential settings, Tim joined the LGF in 1999. As Head of Mental Health Services he further developed and established a range of services to meet the mental health needs of LGBT people across Greater Manchester. For the past 5 years as part of the senior team at the LGF, as the Director of Operations and then as Director of Fundraising and Business Development, he has helped consolidate and grow the organisation into the countries largest LGB Charity. His time at the LGF provided the opportunity to develop a well rounded background in both operational and strategic management in the third sector and also work at a national and regional level to effect change in health and social policy and legislation.

Tim is also a (soon to be) graduate of CASS Business School (City of London University) where he studied Charity Marketing and Fundraising.

Commenting on his appointment, Tim Sigsworth said “The Albert Kennedy Trust is a unique and nationally significant charity with the potential to lead the way in best practice for supporting and advising young LGBT people. This role offers me the perfect opportunity to bring together my professional and personal drive and ambition to see the LGBT voluntary sector and the needs of the LGBT community recognised and met.”

Tim replaces Richard McKendrick who left AKT at the end of 2006 after three years in post to take up a new role as Director of Operations at Addaction.

AKT Chair of Trustees, Nick Dearden said of Tim’s appointment : “ We are delighted to welcome Tim as our new Chief Executive. He brings a wealth of experience in the LGBT sector and social care as well as a real commitment to the issues facing young LGBT people who are homeless. He arrives at an exciting time for the trust but also a challenging one.”

Nick continues: “I would also like to thank Richard for all his hard work over the past three years and wish him every success in his new role at Addaction.”

5th January 2007
Ian McKellen becomes the Albert Kennedy Trust’s new patron

The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) is delighted to announce that Ian McKellen has become a patron of the charity that works with and supports LGBT teenagers who find themselves homeless or with accommodation problems. One of Britain’s best loved actors, Ian McKellen is famous for film roles including The Lord of the Rings and X-Men trilogies. He also has an illustrious career in theatre and television over 50 years. Ian was a founder member of Stonewall and has been a prominent campaigner on LGBT issues for many years. He was knighted in 1991.

Commenting on his new role, Ian McKellen said : “I have been an admiring supporter of the Albert Kennedy Trust, ever since I met its staff in Manchester in 1988. I am delighted now to become one of its patrons. All LGBT young people have the right to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes. The relevance of AKT, and the positive service it provides, is as great now as it ever has been. I urge those of you who are able, to join me in supporting the Trust in every way you can, particularly at this time of great need.”

AKT Chair of Trustees, Nick Dearden said of the appointment: “We are delighted to welcome Ian on board as a patron of AKT. He brings immense talent and experience as well as a real commitment to the issues facing young LGBT people who are homeless. Indeed, Ian has already made a major contribution by heading up our 2006 Christmas Campaign – which has raised £6,000 in much needed funds in just a few days.”

11th July 2006

Dianne Abbott MP submitted a motion to the House of Commons supporting the work of The Albert Kennedy Trust and to mark the 16 years of our work with the young people from the LGBT homeless community.

To find the full text of the motion and a list of MP's that have signed up to the motion visit:

To find out who and how you contact you local Member of Parliament (MP) visit:

and cut and paste the following text into you email or letter:
Please would you as a matter of urgency would you look at the Early Day Motions 2245 - 16th ANNIVERSARY OF ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST this is a unique LGBT organisation working with some of most vulnerable young people in my community and I would appreciate if you would consider signing your name to the motion.
Note: Ministers, whips and parliamentary private secretaries do not usually sign EDMs and the Speaker and deputy Speakers will not sign EDMs.

For a copy of the Press Release click here.

22nd June 2006
Brighton Research

Co-funded by AKT colleagues in Brighton & Hove have just published research into the needs and experiences of LGBT homeless youth in Brighton & Hove. For the full report:

20th June 2006
The Albert Kennedy Trust Celebrates 16 years of being a Trust!

This evening Lord Alli hosted a celebratory event at the House of Lords for the 16th anniversary of AKT being a Trust. The event was attended by a host of LGBT business people, celebrities, artists and authors as a way of raising the Trust’s profile and gaining increased support.

11th May 2006
The Albert Kennedy Trust forced to pull out of Brighton & Hove

AKT announces its formal withdrawal from providing services in Brighton & Hove due to lack of funding and support.

For a copy of the Press Release click here.

31st January 2006
Albert’s Birthday

Today Albert would have been 33 years old. Celebrate the life he may have had and become a supporter of the work of AKT.

14th January 2006
Annual General Meeting

Attended by staff, trustees and volunteers today’s AGM was a short but sweet affair. Going into 2006 we now have 10 new trustees who have joined us over the last couple of months bringing our total to a Board of 12.


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Notes to Editors

  • The Trust is a registered charity (reg. no. 1093815)
  • It was founded in 1989
  • It is named after a gay teenager in care who died on the streets of Manchester in 1989 at the age of 16
  • The Trust supports self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people up to the age of 21 or 25 by providing supported lodgings, mentoring, information & advice.
  • In partnership with Social Services the Trust can support under 16's.
  • The charity employs a qualified social worker in each office to make and support all placements
  • The Trust can put you in touch with current lesbian and gay carers and young people who have been in its care. For policy reasons young people presently in care or receiving support, cannot be identified or photographed.


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