As a teenager when I first became aware that queer youth homelessness was not only bigger than myself, but much bigger than the community of queer kids i met in Portland Oregon one of the first organizations I heard about was The Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit Michigan. Detroit is just about as far from Portland as you can get, but that didn’t stop their reputation for being one of the oldest and best direct service agencies helping homeless queer kids.
I’m so excited that this weekend I’m going to be heading up to Detroit to spend some time with the great folks at the ACLU of Michigan and the Ruth Ellis Center! I’ll be talking on Friday night at the ACLU (co-sponsored by the Ruth Ellis Center) about the Kicked Out anthology and storytelling as a tool for activists working to create social change.
If you’re in the Detroit area I hope that you can make it out!
Friday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m.
ACLU of Michigan Offices
2966 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
I’ll also be doing a book signing at the Five 15 bookstore on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Their address is: 515 S. Washington Ave. Royal Oak.
This will be the first time I’ve flown since the new TSA screenings were put in place and as a queer person the invasiveness of them is making me pretty uncomfortable and anxious. That said I’m so excited about heading to Detroit. I’m going to get to facilitate a writing workshop for the youth at Ruth Ellis Center on Saturday also which I’m really looking forward to.