This volume is collection of essays written by young people who were kicked out of their homes as minors for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), as well as a few policy essays from service providers. Diverse contributors ranging in age, experience, and current living situation share stories of perseverance and abuse with poignant accounts of survival. The editors point out that very few urban areas have recognized the need to serve dispossessed LGBT youth by establishing shelters or safe houses; money is tight and public support is often hard to muster. They feel that 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. They feel that such a mindset is due to a homophobic and transphobic culture. This anthology intends to present the points-of-view of the voiceless and also to challenge the stereotypical face of homelessness.
Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homelessness; Gay/Lesbian; Bisexuality; Transgender; homeless youth; homeless teenagers; gay; gay youth; gay teenagers; lesbian; lesbian youth; lesbian teenagers; transgender youth; transgender teenagers
gay males; lesbian females; bisexual males and females; transgender male; transgender female
Rainbow List, 2011 Young Adult/ Crossover Non-Fiction
personal accounts; short stories; essays; queer; being kicked out; struggles; independence; sexual orientation
Lowrey, Sassafras, "Kicked Out" (2010). Diverse Families. 1401.