Thursday, September 25, 2008

Support the Memoirs of Homeless Queer Youth

My good friend, and soon-to-be published author Sassafras Lowrey is on a mission to bring the lives of homeless queer youth into the spotlight! As a former homeless youth hirself, Sass is very personally tied to this mission and committed to presenting the lives of queer youth in as an authentic voice as ze can. To that end Sass has compiled an anthology called Kicked Out that features stories written by youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer.

As much as I would like to think that people are lining up to buy his book I know that in many ways it will be a hard sell. Despite the fact that homeless queer youth make up 40% of the homeless population, members of the LGBTQ communities show hardly any concern about them. So it will be difficult to convince non-LBTQ folks, and folks who don't have a history in homelessness to become interested. Therefore, Sass is embarking on a huge publicity campaign beginning with Public Services Announcements made by either former or current LGBTQ homeless youth or allies to these youth. I'm scheduled to make one myself, where I'll talk about being an ally and how I stayed in the closet until I could more-or-less support myself on my own for fear of my family and school's actions.

All PSAs will be subtitled into English and Spanish, and ze welcomes videos in any language. You can find out how to make your own PSA by going to hir website Kicked Out Anthology. Please consider doing this, Sass's book is going to shed a lot of light on an overlooked subject that affects many of my peers - it'll only take a few moments and it could do so much good! Below is a video of Sass explaining the project and one of the PSAs.

[In this video we see the author from the waist up. Sass is a white genderqueer
fat high femme who talks directly to the camera. Ze is surrounded by bookshelves
and dressed in a black tank top.]

[In this video Tauret Manu, a rider with Soulforce sits in a white T-shirt next
to a white wall talking directly to the camera about why she is an ally. Tauret
identifies as a Black queer fat femme. ]


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