Church Library – May 2011

Kicked Out, edited by Sassafras Lowrey, with a foreword by Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, is a collection of stories told by the teens who were kicked out when their parents learned that they were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. My partner Anne and I heard Sassafras Lowrey speak at a Loft event. Sassafras is one of those who were kicked out; she has become a community organizer, artist and story-teller, and believe me, these are powerful stories. Most of us can‟t imagine telling our kids to leave because they are “different.” And that‟s exactly why I thought that our church library should have a copy of this book-Sassafras
tells us about kids without families, runaways, homeless, because of who they are and how they love. Call number: 305.38 L.

Reviewed by Connie Knapp