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The Feeling frontman Dan Gillespie Sells appears in a new video campaign to celebrate 25 years of the Albert Kennedy Trust, and to explain why the charity’s activities are still vital even in 2014.
The Albert Kennedy Trust helps young LGBT+ at risk of homelessness. This includes organising lodgings and fostering, providing support and information, and working to change attitudes and increase understanding about the needs of young LGBT+ people in Britain.
The Albert Kennedy Trust was founded by Cath Hall with the support of Hugh Fell, Manchester City Council and key members of the local LGBT+ community in Manchester. It was named in honour of Albert Kennedy, a 16-year old who fell from his death from the top of a car park in Manchester, after he had run away from a children’s home.
Giant Jack Productions made the video, which is fronted by Albert Kennedy Trust Patron Dan Gillespie Sells of The Feeling. Sells grew up in an LGBT+ family (with two mums) and is a staunch supporter of LGBT+ rights. He has previously spoken out about the need for more out LGBT+ icons in popular culture.
The video follows AKT’s London Pride-related exhibition of LGBT+ role models and allies called Purple Reign, which took place in the capital and featured Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf, Sir Ian McKellen, Team GB Paralympian Claire Harvey and actor and GLAAD spokesperson Omar Sharif Jr.
You can help AKT by sending a text message ‘ALBT25 £10’ to 70070 – which will provide a night off the streets for a young LGBT+ person in need.