A quarter of UK homeless youth are LGBT

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A shocking report has found that 24% of the homeless youth population in the UK identify as LGBT.

The disturbing statistic was included in a report by the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), which was released on Thursday.

The report also revealed that of 77% of LGBT homeless youth said that their homelessness was in large part linked to their sexuality or gender identity.

Parental rejection was cited by 69%, as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuse (69%) and aggression or violence within the family (62%).

In some cases, LGBT youth from certain faith communities had run away from home to avoid forced arranged marriages.

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