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."
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.
Praise for Raising My Rainbow:
“Lori Duron, a writer of extraordinary generosity, has given us a guide to parenthood both gentle and revolutionary. Raising My Rainbow is a valuable resource not only for parents of gender-nonconforming children, but for readers everywhere who seek the courage to stand up for the ones they love. Fierce, wise, and illuminating.”
—Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There and Stuck in the Middle with You
"This is a courageous and important book about empathy, written with humor, compassion, and love. It should be required reading for adults with children and young people in their lives, not least academics who regularly teach and interact with student populations that are much more gender diverse than they may realize. This book also has a role to play in university curricula. Offering valuable insight into the lived experiences of a gender creative child and his family, Raising My Rainbow will make for a powerful addition to reading lists in multiple fields."
--Kristen L. Over, PhD, Coordinator, University Honors Program and Associate Professor, English, Affiliate Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
NOMINEE - Triangle Literary Award
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LORI DURON is the mother of two and lives with her husband and children in Orange County, CA. Duron's blog, RaisingMyRainbow.com is the first "Mommy Blog" to chronicle raising a gender creative child, and has had more than one million readers in nearly 180 countries. She and her blog have earned the attention of a variety of media outlets including: Anderson Cooper, the BBC, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Next Family, Bitch Magazine, Newsweek, BlogHer, The Mother Company, OC Weekly, Gawker, Babble, and Jezebel. She has been named one of BlogHer's 2011 Voices of the Year and is one of Ignite Social Media's "100 Women Bloggers You Should be Reading."