July 13-14: Gender Spectrum, Berkeley, Calif. (speaker)

July 26-27: BlogHer ’13, Chicago (speaker)

August 10: OC Pride, Orange County, Calif. (book reading)

September 3-6: Raising My Rainbow Book Release!  New York & Washington, D.C.

September 18: Orange County PFLAG (speaker)

September 29: 2013 West Hollywood Book Fair, 3:30 p.m. panel on LGBTQ Memoir followed by a signing.

October 8, 7 p.m.: Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave
Corvallis OR 97330 (Author Visit)

October 17-19: Salon LGBTQ Conference, Atlanta (speaker)

November 3: Palm Springs Pride (book signing)

November 13: Long Beach PFLAG

November 15: California Association of School Counselors Conference (keynote speaker)

November 20: Los Angeles PFLAG

April 5: Literary Orange, Irvine, Calif. (speaker)

3 Responses to Appearances

  1. Luana Wolk says:

    Hi Lori,
    I bought your book after seeing it on People magazine and have not been able to put it down. I am a 29 year-old straight, married woman with no kids, so not a whole lot in common with your life story. But let me tell you: I wish the world had more people like you and your husband! You have touched my heart, and I wish that CJ has as peaceful and as happy a life as any child deserves. I have 2 nieces and 1 nephews and I love them no matter what, and I know in my heart that your story and your book are helping create a better world for them.

    I very much admire and support you. BTW – God thought to love one another above all, and I think that is exactly what you are doing.

    Love from a new fan,

  2. Shawn Raftopol says:

    As a man that identified strongly with your brother in your book. I too grew up to be a gay man. Like you I am the parent of a gender fluid child. My husband and I have 3 children. A “girly” girl. A “boys” boy. And our wonderful son who is a “rainbow” child. Thanks for sharing your story. I stumbled upon the book, randomly and preordered right away.
    Hope your tour brings you to the east coast. I’ll gladly buy the hardcover too! Especially if I get the chance to say thank you in person.

  3. auntiemip says:

    Congratulations Lori!

    I pre-ordered my book weeks ago and I cannot wait.

    May I share something with you? I suppose that is rhetorical, but I hope you’d answer yes. I have commented dozens of times on your blog. This past December, in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, you posted my comment on your blog. I was so touched and honored. I feel like we are friends and I tell people about my wonderful, talented and powerful friend with her beautiful, imaginative and unique little boy. I hope that is okay. But to be honest that isn’t what I wanted to share.

    I think it is no small coincidence that your book is hitting bookstores in early September. Because your book will teach people to love unconditionally. It will teach people that diversity is a gift. That we are not all intended to be the same. And we need to learn that lesson and September is the perfect month for that!

    You see, September is pediatric cancer awareness month and I am a pediatric oncology nurse. My brother died of leukemia. I understand first hand what the end of the world looks like and I promise you having a child who is gay or gender non-conforming is not the end of the world. I feel much the same way as I did that night of the Newtown shootings. There is so much legitimate sadness and anguish in this life, so much to wail about and gnash our teeth, that a healthy child who is different simply does not qualify as tragic for me.

    Maybe it is because today, and every day, 39 children will be diagnosed with cancer. Because in 2013, 3300 children will die from cancer despite the best medical treatment in the world. Because I know many of the parents who’s children died in 2013 and 2012 and 2011. And all the way back to 1989 when my nursing career began and 1968 when my own brother died. And I know these parents would give anything for one more day.

    Than you Lori, for taking a risk. For being brave. For speaking truth. For loving your boys with all your heart simply for who they are. It can all be taken away in the blink of an eye and for 39 families that blink came today. Thank you for not blinking.

    Congratulations my friend!

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