DIVerse Families
 
Kicked Out

Title

Kicked Out

Publisher

Homofactus Press

Publication Year

2010

ISBN

9780978597368

Pages

222 pages

Genre

nonfiction

Format

anthology

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

9-12; Adult

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homelessness; Homosexuality; Bisexuality; Transgender; homeless youth; homeless teenagers; gay; gay youth; gay teenagers; lesbian; lesbian youth; lesbian teenagers; transgender youth; transgender teenagers

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

Family Formation

multiple

LGBTQ+

gay males; lesbian females; bisexual males and females; transgender male; transgender female

Awards

Rainbow List, 2011 Young Adult/ Crossover Non-Fiction

Keywords

personal accounts; short stories; essays; queer; being kicked out; struggles; independence; sexual orientation

Diversity Impact

direct

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