"I'm 16 years old and originally from Jamaica, although I've lived in Waltham Forest for most of my life. I was having some trouble at home, as my Dad couldn't accept my sexuality. If I said my life was awful, that would be putting it nicely. I thought the whole world looked down at me just because I was gay. All I can say is that before I found LGBT Jigsaw, I had given up: and thatís the honest truth.
"I was just about to sit my GCSEs when I first got in contact with them. I was homeless. I was going to school really early and staying there as late as I could. One morning, I decided there had to be someone out there to help young homeless gay teens. I tried to find someone online. I typed ‘homeless gay teens London’ into Google and found LGBT Jigsaw. I checked out their site, and found there was loads of support available.
"It was difficult at first, but I’ve managed it with the support of my worker. Social services had been telling me that it was safe for me to go home, even though my Dad was saying that I should be burned for being gay. My worker made sure social services took me seriously: now, I’m a looked-after child. I lived with gay carers who are really supporting me. I have a mentor. I’ve just started college.
"LBT Jigsaw gave me faith and hope when I had none: to me, that’s the best gift anyone could give me, because now I know who I am, and where I’m going. I’d like to thank the funder of LGBT Jigsaw, London Councils, because you’ve given young people a chance to have a future."
LGBT Jigsaw is comprised of four organisations: Stonewall Housing, The Albert Kennedy Trust, Galop and PACE. So young LGBT people can get the advice and support they need.