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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Homofactus Press, L.L.C. (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978597362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978597368
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The work's benedictory approach is a breath of fresh air, as far too many accounts of this population emphasize the gaps in care, homophobia in foster care, and the lack of beds for queer youth. While the essays in Kicked Out acknowledge these challenges, the work emphasizes coping and resiliency." --Lambda Literary Review, July 8, 2010

This book is not an easy read, and neither should it be. Within its pages are individual truths of youth living kicked out. It provides a variety of perspectives from a diverse group of authors ranging in age, experience, and current living situation. Within it lie autobiographical stories, photography, interviews and poetry. --TransEnough.com, February 21, 2010

The real strength of Kicked Out is how, by telling survivors' stories in their own voices, the stories feel viscerally real. The contributions all feel very soul-baring and Truthful-with-a-capital-T, particularly the incredible photos by Samantha Box. --Transparental.com, February 18, 2010

For the person looking at this stuff in depth for the first time, this book as a whole will break your heart, educate you about the resources for queer youth that do exist, give you tools for advocating for change, break your heart again, and light a fire under you for immediate action. --Femmeliberation.Wordpress.com January 11, 2010

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deb on May 23, 2010
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I work with homeless lgbt kids in Memphis. This book is a collection of stories from the kids and stories from those who are trying to help. We are just beginning this work here, it was great to see what was being done elsewhere. I plan to purchase another or two, to pass on to those who don't 'get it.' Our kids are not safe in shelters no matter what the root of their homelessness. Thanks for putting this together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Krafty Kitty on May 9, 2011
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I had to purchase this book for a class. I want to say that otherwise I would not have but I am glad that I did! This is a collection of many very sad stories concerning the homeless young people in the United States. Sometimes this issue never sees the light of day as it does not revolve around the more "pressing" issues such as how much do the American people "owe" a CEO and least we not forget the million dollar bonuses we "owe" them!
A must read for those that care about the youth of America and see that these youths are our future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Editing_Gal on September 17, 2012
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This was a solid 4-star book, but I added a star because the subject matter is so important: LGBT homeless youth. The contents are primarily stories written by those who have been kicked out of or have run away from hostile home environments (often due to religion or sexual abuse). A handful of pragmatic/academic analyses are included as a counterpoint to the first-person narratives.

For some of the writers, homelessness is a relatively recent experience--for others it is now in their past. Editor Lowrey put together the book she* wished had been available when she was first on the streets and needed confirmation that she was not alone, that she could survive. And although some of the kids forced to fend for themselves have been tragically lost, others show incredible resilience, banding together to form intentional families and the sanctuary of community.

The book points out that very few urban areas have recognized the need to serve dispossessed LGBT youth by establishing shelters or safehouses; money is tight and public support is often hard to rouse. The homelessness of these kids is but a symptom of a larger and more pervasive cultural problem: we are a society that does not value all people, and somehow there seems to be a tacit belief that parents of LGBT youth are entitled to abdicate their responsibility to love and protect the children they have created. (Such a mindset is, of course, due to a homophobic and transphobic culture.)

The stories are of slightly varying quality, partly due to the editor's conscious decision to leave the accounts in each writer's own words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Griffith on October 16, 2012
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This book is so important for the LGBTQ community and anyone who works with children. Reading first-hand accounts of homeless youth was heartbreaking and eye-opening. As a faculty member, I HIGHLY recommend this book for college students in sociology, social work, psychology, and other humanities.
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More About the Author

Sassafras Lowrey got hir start writing as a straight-edge queer punk zinester in Portland, Oregon, and grew up to become the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Along the way, ze changed coasts, genders, and several other things besides. Hir first book, the Kicked Out anthology (www.KickedOutAnthology.com), gathered voices of current and formerly homeless queer youth alongside policy makers and activists, and was honoured by the American Library Association and the Lambda Literary Foundation. Hir debut novel, Roving Pack (www.RovingPack.com) chronicles the underground lives of gender-radical queer youth searching for identity, community, and belonging. Roving Pack was honored by the American Library Association and won a Rainbow Book Award for Transgender Fiction. Ze also edited Leather Ever After, Honorable Mention winner of the National Leather Association Writing Award. Sassafras' latest book, "Lost Boi" (Arsenal Pulp Press) is a queer/punk retelling of the classic Peter Pan story and is now available everywhere!

Hir work has received acknowledgement and awards from the Astraea Foundation Lesbian Writers Fund, Poets & Writers, and Queer Heroes of the Pacific Northwest. Ze has toured widely, giving readings, workshops, and keynotes at colleges, conferences, bookstores, festivals, and squats ranging from Atlanta to Berlin to Oakland to Amsterdam. Sassafras has contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, and ze believes storytelling is essential in the creation of social change. Ze lives and writes in Brooklyn with hir partner, two dogs of dramatically different sizes, two bossy cats, and a mostly feral kitten. Learn more at www.SassafrasLowrey.com

Awards:

Lambda Literary Foundation Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award Winner - 2013

Queer Hero of the Pacific North West - 2013

American Library Association Rainbow Book List (Roving Pack) - 2012

Rainbow Book Award Transgender Fiction 2nd Place Winner (Roving Pack) - 2013

Rainbow Award Honorable Mention (Leather Ever After) - 2013

National Leather Association International Writing Award Honorable Mention (Leather Ever After)- 2014

Top 100 Women. GO Magazine - 2012

Astraea Foundation Lesbian Writers Fund Honorable Mention - 2011

Lambda Literary Foundation Finalist (Kicked Out) - 2011

American Library Association Top 10 for 2011 Rainbow Project List (Kicked Out) - 2011

American Library Association Top 11 for 2011 Over The Rainbow Book List (Kicked Out)- 2011

Poets & Writers Readings & Workshops Funding - 2010

Birmingham Out Open. SHOUT Festival - 2009

Top 100 Women. GO Magazine - 2009

Portland Oregon Top Emerging Writer. In Other Words - 2004
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