September is dominated by back to school preparations as many of us (including me) transition from a (hopefully) relaxing summer to the hustle and bustle of fall. For the beginning of September, we’re jumping right into our first book club feature: Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron. As a parent of both a daughter and a son, I’m try to be conscious of gender stereotypes. Lori’s story is more unique than most families’ story:
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 MyRainbow 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.
Come back next week September 5, and join From Left to Write members’ discussion of Raising My Rainbow by Lori Duron. The book is available for pre-order and will be released September 3. Order it today and you can read it in time for our book club discussion!