Nov 272011
 

I’m really excited that this winter I’ll be facilitating a storytelling and zine writing workshop with the New York Public Library and Queers For Economic Justice!  The workshop is open to all LGBTQ youth and we will be meeting on Wednesdays 7:30pm  January 11th – February 8th at QEJ .  Over the 5 week workshop participants will be exploring the power of personal storytelling as part of social justice work and working together to create a group zine about what life for queer teens in NYC looks like! We’re also going to have the chance to look at different collections from the New York Public Library including zines from Stonewall!

 

Please share info about this workshop with LGBTQ youth you know!

Nov 182011
 

This is a video that I made last year as a response to the conversation that so many of us dread, yet so regularly have this time of year. I was speaking at NYU last night and had some wonderful conversations durring the Q&A and then later one on one with folks and something that came up as it does every year is that we get pretty sick of EVERYONE – person at the grocery store, neighbors, co-workers and even other queer folks who should know better asking this question…

Are you going home for Thanksgiving?
by: kickedout

Nov 182011
 

This is a video that I made last year as a response to the conversation that so many of us dread, yet so regularly have this time of year. I was speaking at NYU last night and had some wonderful conversations durring the Q&A and then later one on one with folks and something that came up as it does every year is that we get pretty sick of EVERYONE – person at the grocery store, neighbors, co-workers and even other queer folks who should know better asking this question…

Are you going home for Thanksgiving?
by: kickedout

Nov 152011
 

I’m very excited to be at NYU as part of their Trans Awareness Week! I’ll be giving my ‘Nobody Loves You. Now What? queer youth homelessness and creating chosen families lecture for the first time in NYC!

Thurday at 7:30pm

Kimmel 905

60 Washington Square South
New York, NY
In this engaging lecture Sassafras draws on hir personal experiences of queer teen homelessness and the stories of ‘Kicked Out’ anthology contributors. In doing so, ze takes audiences beyond the shocking statistics into the tangible experiences of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth ís survival and created kinship networks.
Copies of Kicked Out will be available for sale, and there will be a Q&A.
Nov 102011
 

I believe that telling our stories is one of the most powerful things that we can do, that storytelling is social change work, and that books have the ability to save lives.  I’ve written before about how libraries were so important to me, and were in many ways the inspiration for Kicked Out just days after I became homeless.  Recently I learned about Amelia Roskin-Franzee a 15 year old lesbian activist in California who not only started her middle school’s first GSA, but has gone on to found ‘The Make It Safe Project’ designed to get LGBTQ themed books into the hands of youth who need them most.

The  new organization has already sent book packages to middle and high school students in five states (California, Arizona, New Jersey, Norgh Dakota, and Pennsylvania) with a goal of reaching all states by the end of 2012.  The organizations packages have included:  Annie On My Mind, by Nancy Garden; Empress of the World, by Sara Ryan; Luna, by Julie Anne Peters; Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithanp; Rubyfruit Jungle, by Rita Mae Brown; It Gets Better, ed. by Dan Savage and Terry Miller;GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens, by Kelly Huegel; Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens, by Kathy Belge; and Like Me, by Chely Wright. I’m thrilled to announce that ‘The Make It Safe Project’ is now sending copies of Kicked Out to youth as well!

The organization  targets the packages to schools where youth don’t have a lot of support, and where it’s difficult for funds to be allocated to purchase queer themed books for youth. But Amelia isn’t stopping at schools. The Make It Safe Project is expanding its reach  and sending book packages, which include Kicked Out to homeless LGBTQ youth shelters who are unable to purchase books for the youth!!!

Money for the books is raised through the pay pall on the organization’s website, and the books sent directly via Amazon to the school or shelter.  Every little bit helps, so if you’re able please donate to  support getting books into the hands of isolated youth across the country, and the work of an incredible young activist!

Nov 012011
 

In one of the many apartments I crashed in as a queer teenager there was a TV. It didn’t have cable, and barely picked anything up, but late at night sometimes my local PBS station would play this show  called ‘In The Life’ and I would sit transfixed. I don’t remember the content of any episode really connecting to me or my life, the power of it came from just seeing LGBTQ people on TV. Before that I’d only seen my people occasionally on the news as the victims of hate crimes.

 

I remember sitting on stained carpet because I had no furniture and putting a zine together watching this show.  I’m thrilled and honored to announce that the November episode of ‘In The Life’ is focused on  queer youth homelessness, and includes interviews with myself talking about my story and the history behind the Kicked Out anthology! We are featured alongside  community leaders from fantastic organizations and homeless LGBTQ youth from around the country!   Below is the official press release for the episode which begins airing on PBS stations across the country today, and can be streamed online at http://www.itlmedia.org/home.shtml


IN THE LIFE’s Finding Home:

Featuring Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence & Kicked Out Youth

 

New York, November 1, 2011 – November is Homeless Awareness Month and IN THE LIFE examines the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth experiencing homelessness. The episode features Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence, the first permanent affordable housing to be offered to LGBT at risk youth in New York City.

 

“I believe that a strong society is an inclusive society and if we want to win big in this world, we better include everybody.” Cyndi Lauper.

 

There are an estimated 1.6 to 2.8 million homeless youth in the United States, up to 40% identify as LGBT. IN THE LIFE takes a stark look at youth kicked out of their homes from New York to Illinois to California, answering the questions: What services are offered to the youth on the street? How do they cope and survive? The episode highlights The Family Acceptance Project, an organization conducting innovative research on the harmful effects of family rejection.

 

“I’ve definitely built my own little family support system here. When they get on me, it’s about getting my life together and keeping me on track. It’s not about who I am. They just want to make me a better person.” Tiffany Viruet, left home at age 19.

 

Watch the complete episode online of IN THE LIFE’s “Finding Home” here:

http://www.itlmedia.org/home.shtml

 

Finding Home begins airing November 1st on public television stations across the country and will be available for free video streaming and downloadable podcasts from the In The Life Media website. To find out when it will air in your local area, to stream or download it, go to ITLMedia.org.

 

To receive the latest updates about In The Life Media, follow @ITLMedia and use the hashtag #ITLMedia.

 

ABOUT IN THE LIFE MEDIA:

For twenty years, In The Life Media has been a leading media organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. One of the nation’s most honored and influential LGBT groups, In The Life Media creates social and political change by examining issues critical to LGBT individuals and providing audiences with powerful ways to advance equality within, and beyond, their communities. Produced by In The Life Media, the Emmy-nominated series, IN THE LIFE, was the first—and remains the only—LGBT issues-oriented show on public television. IN THE LIFE is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, a Seigenthaler Award recipient from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a Ribbon of Hope Award recipient from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: www.ITLMedia.org


ABOUT AMERICAN PUBLIC TELEVISION:
IN THE LIFE is distributed by American Public Television. APT has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. In 2009, APT distributed 56 of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create® – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at WORLDcompass.org. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org. For more information on Create, visit CreateTV.com.

Nov 012011
 

In one of the many apartments I crashed in as a queer teenager there was a TV. It didn’t have cable, and barely picked anything up, but late at night sometimes my local PBS station would play this show  called ‘In The Life’ and I would sit transfixed. I don’t remember the content of any episode really connecting to me or my life, the power of it came from just seeing LGBTQ people on TV. Before that I’d only seen my people occasionally on the news as the victims of hate crimes.

 

I remember sitting on stained carpet because I had no furniture and putting a zine together watching this show.  I’m thrilled and honored to announce that the November episode of ‘In The Life’ is focused on  queer youth homelessness, and includes interviews with myself talking about my story and the history behind the Kicked Out anthology! We are featured alongside  community leaders from fantastic organizations and homeless LGBTQ youth from around the country!   Below is the official press release for the episode which begins airing on PBS stations across the country today, and can be streamed online at http://www.itlmedia.org/home.shtml


IN THE LIFE’s Finding Home:

Featuring Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence & Kicked Out Youth

 

New York, November 1, 2011 – November is Homeless Awareness Month and IN THE LIFE examines the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth experiencing homelessness. The episode features Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Residence, the first permanent affordable housing to be offered to LGBT at risk youth in New York City.

 

“I believe that a strong society is an inclusive society and if we want to win big in this world, we better include everybody.” Cyndi Lauper.

 

There are an estimated 1.6 to 2.8 million homeless youth in the United States, up to 40% identify as LGBT. IN THE LIFE takes a stark look at youth kicked out of their homes from New York to Illinois to California, answering the questions: What services are offered to the youth on the street? How do they cope and survive? The episode highlights The Family Acceptance Project, an organization conducting innovative research on the harmful effects of family rejection.

 

“I’ve definitely built my own little family support system here. When they get on me, it’s about getting my life together and keeping me on track. It’s not about who I am. They just want to make me a better person.” Tiffany Viruet, left home at age 19.

 

Watch the complete episode online of IN THE LIFE’s “Finding Home” here:

http://www.itlmedia.org/home.shtml

 

Finding Home begins airing November 1st on public television stations across the country and will be available for free video streaming and downloadable podcasts from the In The Life Media website. To find out when it will air in your local area, to stream or download it, go to ITLMedia.org.

 

To receive the latest updates about In The Life Media, follow @ITLMedia and use the hashtag #ITLMedia.

 

ABOUT IN THE LIFE MEDIA:

For twenty years, In The Life Media has been a leading media organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. One of the nation’s most honored and influential LGBT groups, In The Life Media creates social and political change by examining issues critical to LGBT individuals and providing audiences with powerful ways to advance equality within, and beyond, their communities. Produced by In The Life Media, the Emmy-nominated series, IN THE LIFE, was the first—and remains the only—LGBT issues-oriented show on public television. IN THE LIFE is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award honoree, a Seigenthaler Award recipient from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a Ribbon of Hope Award recipient from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: www.ITLMedia.org


ABOUT AMERICAN PUBLIC TELEVISION:
IN THE LIFE is distributed by American Public Television. APT has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. In 2009, APT distributed 56 of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create® – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at WORLDcompass.org. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org. For more information on Create, visit CreateTV.com.