Holiday Tidbits #2

Every year during the holidays we adopt a needy child through my work and we buy her/him the things s/he wants most.  Of course, this year I selected Jonah, age 5, who wanted Justin Beiber’s holiday album, Under the Mistletoe.  C.J. loves that he shares a love of the Beibs with Jonah.  He wanted to meet him and listen to the c.d. together.  Maybe next year.

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FYI, C.J. is still working on his Christmas list.  It’s two full pages long.  Single spaced.  His brother’s list is half a page long.  C.J. is holding out hope that he will get everything on his list.  This should be interesting.

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I have a question for you: What books do you read and enjoy that are about growing up LGBTQ and/or parenting a gay child?  I just might want to expand my library (and learn from other people’s mistakes).  Let me know if you have any suggestions.

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I caught C.J. singing in the bath.  Without further ado….Here is C.J. covering his favorite holiday song, Wham’s “Last Christmas.” (Click the arrow on the player below.)

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45 Responses to Holiday Tidbits #2

  1. mittenfolk says:

    My Princess Boy is a beautiful book! I read it when we put it in the collection at my library and I started crying… <3 Carry on lovely lady, you and your family are such an inspiration!

  2. kcenroute says:

    I just discovered your blog and have read several posts in one go! LOVE it.
    My favorite book is “What Makes a Rainbow”, which someone gave my brother when he was in the hospital once.
    I’m touched by what I’ve read about C.J. so far; please continue writing about your lives.

  3. enemysblog says:

    I heart your blog. Am keeping my eyes on your every single special stories.
    You are a super duper lovely mom. <3

  4. Jack says:

    I know I’m late to this party, but I always thought the Ranma 1/2 series (comics and tv) was fun for it’s intentional/unintentional gender fluidity. It’s not specifically geared towards the queer folks but that’s what I liked about it. Ranma’s ability to switch genders with cold/hot water is sort of treated like a superhero power, which was fun, as a young trans person, to imagine about.

  5. mzvehrzed says:

    I LOVED his cover of ‘Last Christmas’ I laughed so hard I cried lol

  6. Jaclyn says:

    I wasn’t going to post anything but after hearing your son sing I broke down and just had to leave one! He is adorable and I am happy that you are letting him grow up to be who he wants to be. I love your blog and it makes me very happy to read. I can’t wait to read more of your experiences!

  7. The Hook says:

    Great post! I’ll forgive the Bieber pic; he’s a fellow Canadian, but I can’t stand the little punk!

  8. marcos says:

    I don’t have any children, but having been a school teacher 4-6 grade for a short time in my life, and really loving a child for it’s innocence and awe at the world, and from what i have read in your blogs, you are doing an amazing job and I would not change a thing. How to raise a gay child, just simply love him or her let them be good human beings and make sure they love themselves no matter what. The love and assurance of a parent can overcome any obstacles in his life.

  9. asintree says:

    I am a singer by profession. Christmas music is very dear to my heart and my tastes run towards the traditional, sacred hymns and the Messiah. (Nothing glitzier than “Merry Christmas, Darling. And don’t get me started on Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas..”)

    CJ’s song made me burst out laughing and burst into tears at the same time.

    May God bless you richly and deeply this holiday, and all throughout the coming year. You are changing the world with your courage.

  10. Dawn Ratz says:

    My kids fave book is “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding” http://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Bobbys-Wedding-Sarah-Brannen/dp/0399247122 It is an amazingly thoughtful book about Uncle Bobby and his partner getting married- and how Uncle Bobby’s Niece is worried she wont be important any more. Wonderful illustrations as well.
    As he gets older there are many literary resources out there- esp for teens.

  11. Rob says:

    “My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely” by Kate Bornstein. Also, when he’s a little older and if he needs it, “Hello Cruel World” by the same author.

  12. Kelrick says:

    I don’t have any books to suggest about parenting. Most of what I read is LGBT sci-fi or psychology texts that are relevant to gender identity. (Why So Slow has a really amazing section on children being “gender police”.)

    That mp3 is adorable – and great blackmail material for when he is older.

  13. Karim L. says:

    Straight Parents, Gay Children by Robert Bernstein

    Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About Their Experiences by Carolyn Griffin and Marion Wirth

  14. Marjorie Law says:

    He’s way too young for it, but there are YA books and you might find them fun and interesting–Mercedes Lackey’s trilogy about Vanyel Ashkevron–young, gay, main character in a fantasy series–the first book especially has insightful scenes about his alienation, realization, and eventual coming out. Beautiful, difficult, challenging story.

  15. Another cool book is The Boy Who Cried Fabulous. http://www.lesleakids.com/boy_cried_fabulous.html. Cheers! :-)

  16. lutiesmom says:

    oh the holidays are such a sparkly, musical time! Some of the books in our collection, in addition to many already mentioned are
    my princess boy,
    10,000 dresses, and
    if you believe in mermaids, don’t tell (more for tweens and teens)

  17. lutiesmom says:

    oh the holidays are such a sparkly, musical time! Some of the books in our collection, in addition to many already mentioned are my princess boy, 10,000 dresses, and if you believe in mermaids, don’t tell (more for tweens and teens)

  18. Daniel says:

    We are a two dad family with two adopted boys ages 6 years and 16 months. We are of course very open about different kinds of families and different kinds of people and that the world is always a better place with diversity. Some of our books are:

    The Boy With the Pink Hair
    The Sissy Duckling
    Daddy, Papa, and Me
    King and King
    King and King and Me
    And Tango Makes Three
    I Like Myself!
    All Kinds of Families
    I Love You Because You’re You

    I think you doing a great job with CJ–I wish every child had such a loving support system!

    Daniel

    PS My husband writes a stay-at-home-dad blog that you or your readers might be interested in as well….http://confessionsofagaydaddy.blogspot.com/

  19. Please share the list when C.J. has finally finished it, lol.

    As for LGBTQ books, I would suggest most books by Francesca Lia Block. Her books combine gritty realism with fairy-tale elements; the ultimate messages are self-acceptance and finding love and family in your own way and in your own time. Baby Be-Bop, Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, and Missing Angel Juan make up a series with over-lapping characters and each book has an element of LGBTQ themes, from side characters to main ones, each one colorful.
    They are “young adult”, but I do think hat even by the time he’s old enough to read them C.J. will still enjoy them. I suggest reading them.

    I love to finally have a voice to go with the stories!

  20. Livinglife says:

    I’m jealous, I admit it. Your boys are just at perfect ages for the holidays. Christmas is so full of magic and excitement and love, especially when dhildren are young. I’m glad that you write your experiences so beutifully, and that you take a lot of pictures and now an audio recording too! The memories you are creating this year and in the next few will be the ones C.J. and his brother will treasure for the rest of their lives. I hope that your family has the most wonderful Christmas ever.

  21. Parker says:

    I can’t think of a book offhand but have you ever seen the film Ma Vie En Rose?
    This is the blurb from Netflix:
    “Convinced he’s a girl trapped in a boy’s body, 7-year-old Ludovic (Georges Du Fresne) expresses his true self by regularly donning girls’ clothing, putting a strain on his perplexed family — and, of course, sending shockwaves among his bigoted neighbors. But Ludovic innocently carries on, oblivious to the chaos he’s creating.”
    You’ve probably seen it but I wanted to point it out in case you haven’t. I’ve enjoyed it several times.

    Best wishes,
    Parker

  22. Annalise says:

    That recording just made my day, so cute!!!! C.J. is most definitely a superstar!

  23. Book I wished I had: The Paper Bag Princess. Feminist not necessarily LGBTQ. But maybe CJ would like it. Also, I love CJ’s recording.

  24. MeggieB says:

    “Gave it to someone SPESSAL!” So cute! :)

  25. Christi says:

    Holy George Michael, I want to download that on iTunes! Can’t wait to see what’s on the Christmas List. God have mercy on your soul, Mom!!

  26. I don’t usually like holiday songs, but I loved CJ’s version of Last Christmas. CJ needs to put out a holiday album!

  27. Amanda says:

    That is the cutest thing I’ve ever heard.

  28. Denise says:

    George Michael step aside! Adorable!

  29. OMG so cute.

    I hope Jonah has a happy Christmas, and I hope CJ never stops singing… you can hear the joy in his voice.

    Good job, CJ’s mom!

  30. Thallie says:

    This just made my entire week. You have no idea how much I needed to hear C.J.’s awesome cover this morning. Thank you both so much for being such a beacon in a pretty dark world (:

  31. raybehkuh says:

    I loved his rendition, but my dogs became very concerned around the 14 second mark. Either that or they caught the spirit and decided to howl along as backup. :)

  32. Brian in Austin, TX says:

    Absolutely fabulous! Such gusto and bravado … Merry Christmas to you and all of yours!

  33. Jassy says:

    That is…….actually too delightful and cute for words. The perfect way to start a Friday morning off. Be forewarned – that boy is destined for great things!

  34. Nathaniel says:

    Amazing! Totally made my morning to hear that while drinking my coffee!
    You & CJ are pretty amazing!

  35. Laura says:

    C.J.’s singing is SO CUTE! It takes me back to when my son was little and his favorite song was Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” And he’d sing along, “Your twue cowwors shining through….” :)

  36. If you don’t mind, say more about what kind of books you’re seeking.
    This is one of the early books I read when I was coming out the second time.

    It’s fiction but cool. I recently gave a copy to a 10yo boy who may be gay…and was a little embarrassed when his Mum told me, it was a little too adult. And I was like “Really? How so?” and she reminded me of some of the more “teen-level” material. And, I was like like… See Betty (made up name), I have so much to learn from real parents LOL.

  37. Simone says:

    Hands down, that is the best cover of “Last Christmas” ever! ADORABLE!!

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