Friday, September 20, 2013

"Raising My Rainbow" by Lori Duron

Last weekend, Pete and I went out for our normal post-date night Barnes & Noble trip.  While I was browsing, I picked up "Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son" by Lori Duron.  I've never seen a book of it's kind before and thought it would be so interesting to see how parents learn to accept and handle raising a gender non-confirming child.

I thought that Duron wrote a great book.  I can't imagine all of the struggles that she goes through, but it seems like her family has adjusted well and are a beacon of acceptance and unconditional love in their family and community.  It brought my awareness to her blog and I've been periodically checking it out.

I'd recommend this book to anyone raising a kid.  If your child is not gender non-conforming, it gives you an opening into the world of parents who are dealing with it.  It allows you to see that these parents are loving their child and supporting him in the best way that they can.  And I would like to think that most parents would do the same, but that's not always true.  I believe parents should read this and teach their kids not to hate, not to ridicule, and to stand up against those that do.

Synopsis from the Barnes & Noble website:

Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron’s frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, her younger son, C.J., would much rather twirl around in a pink sparkly tutu, with a Disney Princess in each hand while singing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi."
   C.J. is gender variant or gender nonconforming, whichever you prefer. Whatever the term, Lori has a boy who likes girl stuff—really likes girl stuff. He floats on the gender-variation spectrum from super-macho-masculine on the left all the way to super-girly-feminine on the right. He's not all pink and not all blue. He's a muddled mess or a rainbow creation. Lori and her family choose to see the rainbow.
   Written in Lori's uniquely witty and warm voice and launched by her incredibly popular blog of the same name,Raising My Rainbow is the unforgettable story of her wonderful family as they navigate the often challenging but never dull privilege of raising a slightly effeminate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son.

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