What has being kicked out meant for you?
Being kicked out has meant learning when to ask for help and not feel like a burden in doing so. It’s also meant creating a true family, which continues to be an amazing adventure.
What role has art and writing played in your life, and how do you see that as part of community building?
Art and writing have been helpful outlets for me to work through issues that arise in my personal journey. I see my experiences as helping to educate and sometimes enlighten folks within my community. It’s also overwhelming to see the support that can come out of such unexpected people and places.
What has being part of the Kicked Out anthology meant to you?
Participating in this book has meant a great deal to me. It kind of validates me in a way, I feel like people who read this book will have a more comprehensive and personal aspect of homeless queer youth and former youth. I’m very grateful to be a part of Kicked Out as a whole because it’s about much more than a book. It’s about all of us.
What are three things people don’t realize about being kicked out?
It’s not always park benches and bus stops, not everyone who reaches out wants your money, sometimes they just want another human to listen to them, and folks who get kicked out aren’t bad, wrong, or immoral.
What is one message about homeless LGBTQ youth you hope people take away from reading Kicked Out?
We need more resources, more of a voice, and a safe, warm place to run to when everyone else shuts their door in our faces.