I’m thrilled that C.J.’s mom read and enjoyed my book enough to mention it on her well followed, respected and loved blogsite. Have a read of the “about” from her site (below). I just pre-ordered her book and can’t wait to read it. Have a visit to her site for a wonderful experience. Lastly, a shout out to Kerry Dwyer for turning me onto Raising My Rainbow. CJ, you’re a lucky soul.
RaisingMyRainbow.com is the first “Mommy Blog” to chronicle the daily joys, struggles and, sometimes, embarrassments that go along with raising a gender nonconforming child.
Raising My Rainbow is written by C.J.’s Mom, a feisty, sassy girl-woman trying to have it all and usually feeling like she is failing miserably while all those around her are none-the-wiser. She works part-time as a business consultant, full-time as a mother and overtime as a walking panic attack.
And it’s about raising C.J. (age 6), the most enchanting child you will ever meet with an insane knack for art and color, interior design and dance. His passions include Barbie, Disney Princesses, Strawberry Shortcake and women’s hair and shoes. Paula Deen holds a special place in his heart.
Raising My Rainbow was launched as the glittery ball dropped in Times Square and 2011 peeked its tentative head into C.J.’s conservative Orange County, Calif., neighborhood. C.J.’s Mom has earned more than one million readers in nearly 180 countries and her blog is read by gender studies students and faculty at more than 40 college and universities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
C.J.’s Mom is an often-quoted source on parenting gender creative, gender nonconforming, protogay and prehomosexual children. Media interest and coverage includes: Anderson Cooper, The BBC, The Orange County Register, KFI 640 AM, CBS – Los Angeles, MSNBC, Queerty.com, Feast of Fun, The New York Times, One4All Magazine, The Next Family, Bitch Magazine, Newsweek, BlogHer, The Mother Company, OC Weekly, The Globe and Mail, Babble, Jezebel and Amanda de Cadanet.
She has been named one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year, is one of Ignite Social Media’s “100 Women Bloggers You Should be Reading” and is one of the Top 25 Blogs in Southern California according to Circle of Moms.
Here’s what she had to say about my book:
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Last night I finished a book written by one of my readers and I loved it. I’m a huge fan of LGBTQ issues and historical fiction, so her book was tailor-made for me. Paulette Mahurin’s The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap has been dubbed Brokeback Mountain for women.
“The year was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; the United States expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in South America; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for gross indecency under Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When news of Wilde’s conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted the Wilde news. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.”
I loved the characters. I wanted to sit around and talk books with partners Mildred and Edra and their friends Gus and Charley. I wanted C.J. to play with Mabel. I despised bully Josie.
Click here to download the book free for Kindle or purchase the paperback.
I hear from a lot of you who say that when it comes to parenting I’m doing it right. And, I never ever hesitate to let someone know if I think that they are doing it right.
Well, read this for an example of a father who is doing it wrong — if you ask me. It starts with his son wanting a sketch pad and him calling it a “gay ass notebook.” It gets worse from there. Charming.
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“Over the past few decades, we’ve made a lot of changes in the English language to make it more gender neutral. We say “police officer” instead of “policeman” and “people” instead of “mankind”…But there’s one thing we can’t seem to get right: pronouns. We know that if you say, “Every child has his monkey,” it excludes girls. So instead we might say, “Every child has their monkey,” even…
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