Manchester

LGBT charity founder receives MBE in Queen's Honours

Catherine Johnson Image copyright ChrisJepson.com
Image caption Catherine Johnson set up the Albert Kennedy Trust in 1989

The founder of a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) young people who are homeless has been appointed an MBE.

Catherine Johnson, 77, said it was a "big honour" for the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), which she set up in 1989.

The charity has offices in Manchester and London.

She said she started AKT after her son came out as gay at the age of 13 and she met young LGBT people who "had a lot of hostility at home and in care".

Ms Johnson said: "It was obvious something needed to be done to help these young people."

She added: "I expected that, after a year or two, it wouldn't be necessary to find accommodation for young LGBT who were homeless, and I thought it would be totally redundant and disappear - instead of which it has grown and grown."

Other Greater Manchester recipients in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list include Lancashire cricketer James Anderson, who was appointed an OBE after surpassing Sir Ian Botham as England's highest Test wicket-taker in April.

Dr Maria Balshaw, director of Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery, has become a CBE.

Former Manchester City player Frank Lampard, who will play Major League Soccer for New York City this summer, said he was "extremely proud" after being appointed an OBE for services to football.