Kicked Out: Stories by Homeless LGBT Youth

Out Loud
program date: 
Tue, 01/26/2010

In her foreward to the new anthology Kicked Out--by current and formerly homeless LGBTQ youth-- Judy Shepard (mother of Matthew Shepard) notes that a disproportionate percentage of the youth on America's streets are there in part because they identify as lesbian, gay or transgender.In this special episode of Outloud, Jacob Anderson-Minshall speaks with Kicked Out editor Sassafras Lowrey and four of the contributors to this powerful collection (Jenn, Tenzin, Ksen and Tommi). Hear first hand the painful and difficult experiences these kids face after they are forced from their homes because of ignorance or hate--and learn how little it can take to save a life. Longer versions of interviews with Tenzin, Ksen and Tommi are also available on our site at

For more information about the book visit The site also has a reference section. Those in Portland Oregon can learn more about programs for homeless youth through these fine organizations: SMRYC, Outside In and the Circus Project (founded by Jenn Cohen, one of the show's guests and contributor to Kicked Out)

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Homeless LGBT youth

If you enjoyed the show and were moved by the stories of former LGBT youth from the new anthology Kicked Out, you should also check out a book called Shelter by Lucky Michaels.  Primarily a photo book, it has images of lesbian, gay and transgender youth from Sylvia's Place New York City's homeless shelter.  The moving photos are furthered by disturbing statistics and first hand stories.


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