We went into print in January and 2010 has been a huge year for Kicked Out, filled with new partnerships, launch events, and incredible support from the community. A year ago tonight I was filled with anticipation for what the year would bring with this book, now sitting here a year later I’m overwhelmed by the year we’ve had.
Starting with our national release at the 2010 Creating Change conference in Dallas Texas Kicked Out and I have been on the road a lot this year with launch events in Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago and our NYC release events to name a few. I’ve had the chance to meet and work with several of the contributors in person for the first time, and have had the privilege of sharing all of our stories with hundreds of people from current and former homeless queer folks, to service providers, and allies around the country.
Ozone house in Michigan became the first organization to start a ‘Kicked Out Fund’ which is a partnership between the anthology, our publisher Homofactus Press, and the agency. The direct service provider has the opportunity to purchase copies of Kicked Out at a discount and then can sell them as part of a fundraising campaign. Since launching the fund a few months ago Ozone House has already raised over $11,000 to support their work with homeless LGBTQ youth.
We ran the Come Out, Kicked Out campaign with new postings on our blog every day during the month of October. This campaign was about raising awareness about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness. We asked current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and allies to write, draw, or otherwise create a message about their experience and how they see this issue impacting their communities. The response both from participants and readers was outstanding and I’d encourage all of you to go take a look at it on the blog (it’s tagged comeoutkickedout).
Since the release we’ve had an outpouring of great media coverage both in the form of book reviews, as well as coverage of several of the events around the country. For a regularly updated listing of press the book has received click here
As the year is drawing to a close I’m overwhelmed with what a great year it’s been, and am looking forward to seeing what next year will bring. Looking ahead at 2011 I’m predicting a great year. I’ll be back on the road a fair amount bringing the book to new communities, we’re up for the Lambda Literary award and a couple of others (details coming soon) so *fingers crossed * . Most importantly I regularly have people come up to me at events, send me emails and facebook messages telling me how much this book means to them, how much less alone it has made them feel, or how it has changed their perspective on this epidemic.
I’d like to thank all the contributors for all their hard work. I’d also like to thank everyone who bought a copy of the book, read the blog, come to an event, brought me to your campus or community group, or otherwise been supportive of Kicked Out. 2010 has been a great year as a direct result of your support.
Happy New Year from Kicked Out!