Thanks to Tracy for her dedicated eyes
Thanks Lew for caring about the words, and much more
I owe a great debt to the people involved in making Billie Joe's Journey better. From Larry Rose, to Bill(BP), to Gardner Rust, each believed and contributed in making it an adventure you can take along with Billie Joe. This is for Bill & those like him who left us too soon - Bill's Story Website
and for Thomas McLauglin
and the kids who stay to fight for their right to be free
" ... and a little child shall lead them."
While Billie Joe's Journey is a reflection of what takes place daily in America, there is no depiction of it anywhere in our media. Billie Joe is invisible in the world where he lives. Like Billie Joe, many LGBT youth have no one to turn to and no safe place to go. After his best friend commits suicide, Billie Joe decides he must leave home to find out what it means to be gay. He wants to find people who are like him and accept him as he is. He never imagines the hardship and emotions he'll face on his journey to find a place where he's welcome.
And especially this book is for and about the gay kids who haunt our streets, whether thrown away or forced out of their homes. We all know growing up gay can be hazardous to your health, because we live in a society that values conformity and not uniqueness or originality. Our street kids are proof.
A secret is a bomb that may go off under pressure
"The Whole World Loves a Nut"
"Is This the End My Friend?"
"Will I See You Again?"
"Raymond & the Trucker"
"Kyle's New Friend"
"Duke of Earl"
"Welcome to the Jungle"
"Reality of the Street"
"Nothing Left to Give"
"Love for Sale"
"Welcome to Hard Times"
"Stepping Back from the Abyss"
"Belly of the Beast"
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