Friday, August 21, 2009

LAUREN SPEAKS


"Though most of us in America are housed...

How many of us are still homeless?

How many of us are still lonely and scared?

And how many others, sleeping in tents or shelters,

in squats or in cars, in doorways and under bridges,

know better than anyone what it means to have family?

...to be cared for? ...to feel at home?"

- Lauren

2 comments:

  1. If you get near Raleigh I can roll with you for a while as long as my treads hold out and battery is ok.

    Robot B9

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  2. First of all, I just want to say that this blog is a phenomenal way to raise awareness about LGBTQ homelessness, and I truly appreciate what you are doing. My name is Hannah Kapp-Klote and I am a student at Grinnell College. I currently run the youth edition of The Tenth Voice, an LGBTQ radio show that is syndicated on KKFI, a Kansas City community radio station, and KDIC, the Grinnell radio station. I interview national experts and local youth to get their perspective on current LGBTQ issues. Currently, I am attempting to put together a show on LGBTQ homelessness in the Midwest, and I have seen your name frequently in my archival searches. I feel that queer homelessness is more important to the LGBTQ students of Grinnell than ever, but is rarely addressed by LGBTQ media, especially in the Midwest. I am hoping to rectify this, but need experts, as well as those who have experienced homelessness and are willing to share their story in order to put together a show that is truly empathetic and not exploitative. My father is a social worker who lived in Michigan for many years, and always spoke highly of the work that the Ruth Ellis Center does. Though I understand everyone working at the Ruth Ellis Center is probably very busy, it would mean a great deal to me if someone would be interested or available at some point to pre-record an interview with our show: they can be scheduled for any time of day or night, do not require any technology on your end (besides a phone, of course) and usually only take about twenty minutes. Also, please keep in mind that if your current schedule does not permit such an interview, we would be just as happy to schedule an interview with you months from now. Though I understand that may not be a possibility, I would also greatly appreciate any ideas for contacts or resources in putting together this show, be they organizations or individuals. I would really appreciate having an LGBTQ youth who has experienced this huge problem on the show, speaking for themselves. Thanks very much, and I hope to hear from you soon!

    - Hannah Kapp-Klote
    kappklot@grinnell.edu
    (785) 331-9039

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