Kicked Out is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist!!!!!!!
Top 10 Rainbow Project List of LGBTQ books for youth by the ALA
Kicked Out the only book in 2011 to be considered a top book of the year on both the ALA adult and youth lists for LGBTQ books!
The streets steal stories. Crush the bodies of boys and girls with molars of jagged concrete; tear at tender hearts with incisors of glass shards.
I tried to remember who we wanted to be. Where we came from before our names shriveled under the labels of “at risk,” “street involved,” “runaways,” “throwaways,” “trash.”
The streets ingest lives. Bodies decompose in the acidic reality of survival. We were swallowed by systems incapable of digesting us.
I collected the stories of my friends, repeating their histories like a chant when they moved-on or disappeared…
In the United States 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). The Kicked Out anthology edited by Sassafras Lowrey and published by Homofactus Press brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and tells the forgotten stories of some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Diverse contributors share stories of survival and abuse with poignant accounts of the sanctuary of community and the power of creating chosen families.
Kicked Out also highlights the nuanced perspectives of national organizations such as The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and The National Alliance Against Homelessness and regional agencies, including Sylvia’s Place, The Circus Project and Family Builders. This anthology introduced by Judy Shepard, gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness.
Kicked Out is available for purchase online at Amazon, and on the shelves of independent bookstores across the country. To learn more about the Kicked Out anthology, it’s diverse and talented contributors and the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness visit www.KickedOutAnthology.com