Lady Gaga has made it something of a habit to highlight the plight of LGBTI kids and homelessness.
She recently made a visit to the Ali Forney Center in New York City, where she spoke to young service users and gave away warm clothing.
Yesterday, she took time out during a trip to London to visit the offices of the Albert Kennedy Trust to show support for their work and its current #NoRoomForHate campaign.
The Albert Kennedy Trust finds short-term foster homes for teenagers who are unable to live at home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, or offers them short-terms stays in their own purpose-built accommodation.
‘I went to the inspiring Albert Kennedy Trust in London to meet some homeless and suffering LGBTQ youth and #ShareKindness on behalf of the Born This Way Foundation,’ Gaga said in a statement afterwards.
‘They are so sweet, talented, and ambitious. But the holidays are very different for them so we brought some gifts and bonded, sharing our life stories and I did some research on what they really need to survive.
‘They need positive words and donations to keep LGBTQ homeless children who were abandoned off the streets and out of shelters that are dangerous. They are normal good kids, I hung out with them all day. They deserve a real shot at life.’
Tim Sigsworth MBE, Chief Executive at AKT added: ‘What an incredible day for The Albert Kennedy Trust, it’s young people and staff team.
‘To have her support is incredibly important. The young people really did get so much out of it, she spoke to each of them individually and spent time really hearing them out. She truly is a beautiful person: authentic, insightful, empathic. Our young people will remember today for the rest of their lives.
‘We’re proud to have Lady Gaga on board at AKT as an Ambassador and Patron. I’d like to thank everyone at The Elton John AIDS Foundation too, for helping to make today possible.’
Gaga posted an inspirational message using Post-It notes on the office wall before her departure, saying: ‘If you want to heal, you have to feel. Restore your dignity, reclaim your power.’
She also made a short video with some service users, encouraging people to support the #NoRoomForHate campaign.