I'm really excited about the formation of this community, it hits really close to home for me and is something I'm really passionate about being vocal around. I left home at 17 and have not seen my incredibly abusive and manipulative birth family since then---- it will be 9 years this september. I was raised in semi-rural and rural Oregon, and now live with my partner in Brooklyn.
i'm not a big LJ user anymore but saw a post about this community in an LGBTQ group I read and couldn't resist joining. The vast majority of the work I do in my life right now is about this very issue- people leaving home by choice or by force and cutting ties with the families that raised them.
I'm the editor of an anthology that was released over the winter called Kicked Out which brought together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth from around the United States. This is pretty much my passion, and I tour all over the country to colleges and conferences and community groups about the epidemic of LGBTQ folks loosing family, as well as talking with and running writing workshops with survivors of this form of violence about their expereinces, and coming together to build community. Needless to say, I'm super excited to be here amongst folks who share some common experiences.
In the U.S., 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer(LGBTQ). Kicked Out brings 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 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. To learn more, visit us online at KickedOutAnthology.com.
you can learn more about Kicked Out at http://www.kickedoutanthology.com too---- one of the things that I've done with the site is to keep a regular blog with content from me, Kicked Out contributors and any other folks who are interested in these topics. I'm always looking for guest bloggers - if any LGBTQ folks here are interested in writing about your story of cutting ties with your family please get in touch! email@example.com
really excited about this community!