Lori Duron: Gender Creative Kids

Lori Duron: Gender Creative Kids

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Lori Duron has two boys, and as she writes in her blog, "My youngest son C.J. was 2 and half when he started, as he explains it, being "a boy who only likes girl stuff and wants to be treated like a girl."

"How could it be?" Lori asks rhetorically.  After all she already had a gay brother.  "How could our family have another boy who liked everything about being a girl? It's history repeating itself, to a certain extent. I have to make sure that only the good parts of the history live on.

"Since C.J. started revealing his inner princess, my gay brother Michael and I have had numerous talks about our childhood and what a child like C.J. -- and Michael -- needs from a parent. My brother and I have grown even closer than we already were, which I would have never thought possible."

Then, a few months ago, Lori's older son Chase felt the need to come out to her ... as straight.

"We were talking when he mentioned that one of his buddies and a girl from their class were dating. I asked if he was attracted to anyone at school. "'Mom, I'm straight," he said. "It's time you faced the facts."

"OK, she told Chase, "but you know that if you were gay or are gay, that is totally cool too, right?"

"Yes, of course, but I'm not."

"OK, but if your feelings change--"

"Mom! I'm straight!" He said this with firmness, a smile and a shake of his head.

"So I am the proud mother of a 10-year-old, straight, cisgender son and a gender-nonconforming son who is 6 years old and has yet to declare his sexuality. I'm also the proud sister of a very youthful gay brother who is doing just fine and leading an amazing life. He's found support outside our parents and now dresses life-sized Barbies. We also still belt out Annie tunes together when the mood strikes."

Lori joins Steve Edwards and Araksya Karapetyan on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Lori Duron (Source: raisingmyrainbow.com)

1) Duron is the author of Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son (Random House, September 2013).  The first parenting memoir to chronicle the journey of raising a gender nonconforming child, the book is based on her blog of the same name.

2) RaisingMyRainbow.com has more than one million readers in 173 countries, including gender studies students and faculty at more than 50 college and universities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

3) Duron and her blog have twice been named one of BlogHer's Voices of the Year; one of Ignite Social Media's "100 Women Bloggers You Should be Reading;" one of Circle of Moms "Top 25 SoCal Moms;" and one of Parents Magazine's blogs that are "Most Likely To…Change The World."

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