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Tyrone's story: #SH30/6

L&Q recently published a case story featuring one of the young people who lived in one of our supported homes.

 

You can read Tyrone's story here: 

This is number 6 in a series of 30: Stonewall Housing at 30.

Posted on 5 June 2013 by Bob Green

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Jamie's story

"I was 16 years old, and living at home, when I came out as gay to my Mum, and her boyfriend. He said I was disgusting. He told be I'd be a bad influence on my sisters. He wanted me to leave. He said to my Mum that she had to choose between me or him: she chose him.

"Over the next three years, my life went downhill. I moved 24 times. I stayed on friends sofas all over the country. And when that wasn’t ok, I ended up staying with older ‘boyfriends’. It got to the point where I’d sleep with a guy just so I could have somewhere to sleep. And then I always felt under pressure to please them, in case they got tired of me and wanted me to move on. I never felt secure. I never knew how long I’d be staying.

"I was drinking lots. I was taking lots of drugs. I didn’t think about what I was doing and I know I upset a lot of people. I lost lots of friends: it’s why I ended up moving all over the country. It wasn’t a nice time. First I was selling myself to get money. Then I ended up selling myself to get drinks and drugs.

"Eventually I realised I had to get help with my housing. If I didn’t, I’d never sort my life out. A friend told me about Stonewall Housing, so I checked them out online, and then got in contact with their advice line. One of their advisors referred me to their supported housing.

"Now I’ve got a stable place to live in for the first time, thanks to Stonewall Housing. I don’t have to keep anyone else happy just to have a roof over my head. I can talk with my supported housing officer about anything that worries me. I’m on benefits at the moment, but I’m concentrating on getting my life back on track. I want to get a good job, or get on a training course. Now I can plan for the future."

Posted on 13 March 2012 by Bob Green

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Isaac's story

"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.

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Bob Green

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