Homelessness and poverty disproportionately affects young LGBTQIA people, who may be kicked out of their homes, are often discriminated against when trying to secure housing or employment, and face violence and harassment. These issues are rarely mentioned when discussing LGBTQIA rights, and that’s something we want to change.
WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people in Glasgow who have first-hand experience of living in poverty. They provide a free, independent and confidential advice service covering welfare rights as well as support with housing problems, fuel poverty, homelessness and a wide range of other issues.
WestGAP will have a stall at Free Pride, and will also be giving a talk on LGBTQIA homelessness and poverty, looking at how new cuts to benefits will disproportionately affect LGBTQIA young people.
We hope to raise awareness of this issue and make it central to discussions of LGBTQIA rights, as well as making people aware of the brilliant support and help WestGAP provide!