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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 9.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,712 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., 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., 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. January 11, 2010

More About the Author

Sassafras Lowrey is a queer international award winning author, artist, storyteller and educator. Ze believes that everyone has a story to tell, and that the telling of stories is essential in the creation of social change. In 2004 In Other Words Feminist Bookstore honored hir as one of the top emerging writers in the Portland Oregon area. In both 2009 and 2012 GO Magazine honored hir as one of the 'top 100 women we love, and recently Sassafras Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund for Fiction.

Sassafras is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored, and Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology ( released in 2010. Kicked Out brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth from around the country. Sassafras' highly anticipated debute novel Roving Pack ( was released in October 2012. Sassafras is currently editing Leather Ever After a BDSM retelling of fairy tales to be released in early 2013.

Sassafras is a contributing author to numerous anthologies which include Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Queer Girls In Class, Trans/Love, Say Please, Femmethology, and 50 Writers on 50 Shades amongst others. Ze is a monthly columnist for Curve magazine and writes regularly for a variety of blogs and print media outlets including Lambda Literary online.

Sassafras grew up in rural and semi-rural Oregon and began writing as a teenager after leaving home and making hir way to Portland. Ze became an active member of the city's expansive zine community self-publishing dozens of zines, and running the city's only queer open mic zine read for many years. During this time ze began facilitating memoir based writing workshops for LGBTQ youth and developed a passion for holding space for other queer beings to bring stories of struggle, survival, and love to life on the page. Sassafras regularly facilitates writing and storytelling workshops for colleges, conferences, and for community groups such as youth programs and homeless shelters across America, and believes very strongly in the transformative power of storytelling for marginalized queer communities.

Sassafras lives in Brooklyn, New York with hir partner, two dogs of very different sizes and two cats who keep everyone in line. To learn more about Sassafras and hir work visit

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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 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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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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