Join us for a reading and discussion with Ryan Berg, author of No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions. Ryan will read from his award-winning book and facilitate a conversation with local youth, policy makers, and service providers about how to best support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.
October 18, 2017: Boston, MA
ISEC 101 (Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex)
805 Columbus Avenue
Doors open at 5:30pm, reading at 6:00pm
Co-sponsored by: City of Boston, Northeastern University Graduate School of Education, LGBTQA Resource Center, and Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.
October 19, 2017: Hartford, CT
Readings are free and open to the public. | Refreshments will be served.
About the Book
Every year, 1.3-1.7 million young people experience one night of homelessness with over half a million youth being homeless for a week or longer. An estimated 40% of these youth are LGBTQ-identified. There are limited services for these young people, and of the services that do exist, many youths report experiencing discrimination, violence, and harassment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
No House to Call My Home, winner of the Minnesota Book Award and NCCD’s Media for a Just Society Award, chronicles Berg’s time working with LGBTQ youth in foster care and experiencing homelessness. The book focuses on eight unforgettable youth and explores the immense challenges they face and their incredible resiliency.
In addition to the personal stories, the book investigates the causes of youth homelessness—from lack of affordable and accessible housing, poverty, neglect, substance abuse, mental health issues, and physical and sexual abuse, to severe family conflict that grows out of lack of support around sexual orientation and gender expression and identity.
No House to Call My Home was written as a tool to build understanding and stir conversations in order to create necessary social change.
About Ryan Berg
Ryan Berg is a writer, activist, and program manager for the ConneQT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth. His debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction, the 2016 NCCD Media for a Just Society Award, and was listed as a Top 10 LGBTQ Book of 2016 by the American Library Association. He lives in Minneapolis.
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