No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions.
xx, 294 p.
Published: August 2015
Publication Information: Publisher: Nation Books, www.nationbooks.org
Written by a caseworker in a group home of disowned lesbian, bay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) teenagers, this book traces the efforts of youth to brake away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and heal from years of trauma. The book explores the way society defines privilege, identity, love, and family, and highlights the irrepressible hope of youth. The challenges faced by LGBTQ youth are highlighted, as well as the neglect of LGBTQ youth issues in the LGBTQ movement, the desire of youth to be part of a family, reasons LGBTQ escape from their families, and the homelessness of LGBTQ youth transitioning out of foster care. The need to keep LGBTQ youth in their homes by providing preventive services and education to parents is emphasized. 19 references.
foster adolescents; group homes; runaway children; GAYS; LESBIANS; TRANSGENDER; parent child relationships; substance abuse; child prostitution; sexual abuse; child abuse