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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

About the Author

Judy Shepard is the author of the first three books in RSD Publishing's Retail Spaces series, Small Stores under 250 m2 (2,700 sq. ft.); Food--Cafes, Markets & Eateries; and Restaurants and Bars. Additionally she has authored The Office Idea Book: Creative Solutions that Work and New Trends in Visual Merchandising, both published in 2012. Shepard is also the associate publisher of Retail Design International, the premier periodical for seeing the best in retail design, visual merchandising and display. She has designed and collaborated with Martin Pegler, to publish more than 25 books on store design, including the Stores of the Year and Store Windows series and she has authored books on visual communication, catalog design and retail branding.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 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: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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