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Jan. 16th, 2011

Hi all,
For the years and years and years I've been on LJ I always got annoyed with peoples "goodbye" posts, but here I am feeling compelled to write one. As most of you know I don't keep active on this site AT ALL. I'm not sure when I last posted regularly, and it's clear to me I'm not going to in the future.

LJ was a really big part of my life, I've made some of my dearest friendships here many of which have grown to in person meetings, or all manor of other remaining in contact on other social networking sites, email, and snail mail. I am however at a place where LJ is no longer where Im' at. I blog regularly at kickedoutanthology.com pomofreakshow.com/sassmain, and femmesguide.com along with a variety of other sites I write for on ocasion. I'm on facebook, twitter, and fetlife and would love to keep in touch with all of you on those sites where I am far more active about my day to day life as well as art /book/teaching stuff.

In the next few days i'll be looking into ways to lockdown my entire LJ to being private (i don't want to delete my profile because I want to keep the personal record of the things I wrote here as I have with my two old LJ names), but I did want to put up a message here letting folks know that I'm leaving the site and will no longer be reading.

For those of you still on LJ , I hope that we are able to keep in touch on other sites/ in other ways

xoxo
Were you kicked out as a teen? Did you leave home? Do you know someone who was? Did you know that 40% of homeless youth in the United States identify as LGBTQ?  Are you concerned about LGBTQ youth homelessness?

Hey!
I've posted here before about the anthology I edited that came out last year titled Kicked Out which brought together the stories of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth.  I'm posting again on  related topic in hopes that some folks in this community will be willing to stand in solidarity with current and former homeless LGBTQ youth-  This autumn in honor of October’s National Coming Out Month we are launching a campaign to raise awareness about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness.   

We’re asking for formerly homeless LGBTQ youth to write a few sentences, a paragraph, draw us a picture, make a video, take a picture and Come Out, Kicked Out. 

We’re also asking our allies to take a picture, make a video, write something, or draw something, standing in solidarity with current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and/or showing how you have seen this epidemic impact your community. 
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Through the fall we will be showcasing this writing, and art on Kicked Out’s website  www.kickedoutanthology.com as well as to college students, and community groups across the country as part of Kicked Out's ongoing tour. 

Please submit your story by October 1st by emailing kickedoutanthology@gmail.c
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Were you kicked out as a teen? Did you leave home? Do you know someone who was? Did you know that 40% of homeless youth in the United States identify as LGBTQ?  Are you concerned about LGBTQ youth homelessness?

Hey!
I've posted here before about the anthology I edited that came out last year titled Kicked Out which brought together the stories of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth.  I'm posting again on  related topic in hopes that some folks in this community will be willing to stand in solidarity with current and former homeless LGBTQ youth-  This autumn in honor of October’s National Coming Out Month we are launching a campaign to raise awareness about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness.   

We’re asking for formerly homeless LGBTQ youth to write a few sentences, a paragraph, draw us a picture, make a video, take a picture and Come Out, Kicked Out. 

We’re also asking our allies to take a picture, make a video, write something, or draw something, standing in solidarity with current and former homeless LGBTQ youth and/or showing how you have seen this epidemic impact your community. 
.
Through the fall we will be showcasing this writing, and art on Kicked Out’s website  www.kickedoutanthology.com as well as to college students, and community groups across the country as part of Kicked Out's ongoing tour. 

Please submit your story by October 1st by emailing kickedoutanthology@gmail.c
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Hi Everyone!
As you may already know from my regular postings about it on Facebook or Twitter, I’m going to be out in San Francisco the end of this month for the San Francisco release of Kicked Out!

While I’m in town I’m going to be collaborating with some great folks and have a reading of some of my new work titled ‘Children of the Revolution’ as well as two workshops: Leather Storytelling and Queers Surviving: Telling our whole stories co-facilitated with Jen Cross!

I don’t know a lot of folks in the bay area so I’m sending this message around to folks I know who either live there, or have a lot of ties to the area in hopes that you will help me to spread the word about the events!

Friday, August 27th
– 8:30pm
Magnet
4122 18th St. San Francisco
FREE!


Children of the Revolution is part memoir, part love letter to Portland Oregon’s queer gutter punk world at the turn of the 21st century. Written by author, artist, and storyteller Sassafras Lowrey, this piece celebrates love and loss on the streets, punk houses, and in youth centers of the City of Roses as seen through the eyes of boy-dyke Click Patterdale (Lowrey’s former self). Children of the Revolution is an intimate trip through underground lives, while reminding us that homeless youth birthed the modern “gay rights” movement, and continue to shape our culture in ways we are only beginning to understand.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147342451943540&ref=ts


Leather Storytelling
Saturday, August 28th – 2-4pm
SF Citadel
1277 Mission Street
$20


Leather Storytelling is focused on exploring what it means to tell our stories when as leather folk we are often silenced, and pushed out of even the most progressive spaces who deem us as inappropriate or obscene. The workshop is not specifically about writing porn/erotica though of course sexually explicit themes are welcome, but rather this workshop is about telling the stories of our dynamics, of our communities, and of ourselves. It’s about taking ownership of why we find solace, and pleasure in the things that we do, and coming out of the shadows to make our voices heard. This workshop is designed for all variety of folks who find leather to be a driving force in their lives regardless of context or dynamic(s). Through guided writing exercises, workshop participants will discover the transformative power of storytelling and how it can be used to break down divides, foster and preserve community, and build coalitions within leather community and beyond
Fetlife event: http://fetlife.com/events/22866


Kicked Out Anthology San Francisco Release!
Saturday August 28th – 7pm
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia St. (at 20th Street)
FREE!


featuring editor Sassafras Lowrey and contributors Tommi Avicolli Mecca and Booh Eduardo

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 gives voice to the voiceless and challenges the stereotypical face of homelessness.
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134868813217021&ref=ts



Queer Surviving: Telling our whole stories
Sunday August 29th – 1-4:30
Co- facilitated with Jen Cross
$20-40, sliding scale (NOTAFLOF; please be in touch if $ is an issue, and we can work something out!)


Please visit www.writingourselveswhole.org to register!

What does it mean to ’survive’ as a queer* person? The word ’survivor’ can mean many things: sexual assault or abuse, partner violence, family violence, believing that we’re worth less because we’re queer (internalized homophobia), dealing with homophobia at work, at school, from the police or elsewhere (institutional homophobia), being hospitalized to ‘cure’ our queerness, forced or chosen houselessness (when ‘home’ is the least safe space to be) and more.

Sassafras and Jen invite you to spend an afternoon writing about your larger story of survival, which may also be your larger story of ‘coming out.’ We are, each of us, endlessly creative in the ways that we find to survive and reclaim our power in this society. Bearing witness to our fuller stories, and allowing others to bear witness to us, can be a way to honor the difficult choices we have made, and decrease our sense of being alone or ‘crazy.’
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147532201928866&ref=ts


Thank you so much for helping to spread the word about these events and I hope to see you while I’m in town!

xoxo
Sassafras
  • 23:43 thanks so much to everyone who came out to the first night of Write Start ! i feel so blessed to have been present for your stories! #
  • 11:26 IMPORTANT: Kicked Out's reading at Philly's Wooden Shoe (7/17) has been canceled. I hope to reschedule for the fall. #
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  • 15:07 is so lucky that even if my mortgage paying work life is in shambles that i've got the best little family a queermo could ever ask for. #
  • 16:16 couldn't be more excited about the start of Write Start! tinyurl.com/27okczt NYC folks don't let the rain keep you away! #
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  • 21:09 dear UPS it's official, i hate you. #
  • 15:36 went into work this morning to learn that i'd been laid off from the day job. i'm devistated. #
  • 16:42 thanks for the <3 y'all the show must go on. heading out to read new work @sideshowseries then home 2 read alexander's no good very bad day #
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  • 08:08 missing chipmunks & campfires. slowly adjusting. i'm the least stressed i've been in years and years- heres hoping that i can maintain this! #
  • 09:13 Woot! @LambdaLiterary says "Kicked Out is a distinct, important book." read the full review here! tinyurl.com/22moc4x #
  • 10:43 RT @sesamestreet "Big Bird: I’m friends with monsters, bears, fairies, honkers, dingers…" (your friends sound a lot like mine! :) <3 ) #
  • 12:17 super excited to be teaching Leather Storytelling at Citadel when i'm in SF next month! www.sfcitadel.org/calendar/index.htm #
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  • 16:12 CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN! & had a blast camping (making a slow reentry into the digital world) #

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