Pop superstar Lady Gaga yesterday visited The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity for young LGBT homeless people in London.
The singer is understood to have spent four hours inside the centre, where she met charity workers and listened to the stories of its young occupants, throwing a spotlight on youth homelessness.
Taking to Instagram later that day, an inspired Gaga shared a photo of herself alongside various members of the organisation.
She wrote alongside the shot: “I went to the inspiring@albertkennedytrust in London today to meet some homeless and suffering LGBTQ youth and #ShareKindness on behalf of the @btwfoundation.”
Tim Sigsworth MBE, Chief Executive at the Albert Kennedy Trust said: “What an incredible day for The Albert Kennedy Trust, it’s young people and staff team.
“To have her support is incredibly important. The young people really did get so much out of it, she spoke to each of them individually and spent time really hearing them out. She truly is a beautiful person: authentic, insightful, empathic.”
In a statement Lady Gaga said:
“I went to the inspiring Albert Kennedy Trust to meet some homeless and suffering LGBTQ youth and share kindness on behalf of the Born This Way Foundation,” Lady Gaga wrote. “They are so sweet, talented, and ambitious.”
“But the holidays are very different for them so we brought some gifts and bonded, sharing our life stories and I did some research on what they really need to survive.”
“They need positive words and donations to keep LGBTQ homeless children who were abandoned off the streets and out of shelters that are dangerous. They are normal good kids, I hung out with them all day. They deserve a real shot at life,” she added.
The Albert Kennedy Trust was founded after 16-year-old Albert Kennedy fell to his death from the top of a car park in Manchester in 1989.
The Manchester charity soon grew and now has offices in Newcastle and London.