C.J. (Age 7) – The most captivating child you will ever meet with an insane knack for art and color, interior design and dance. His passions include Barbie, Disney Princesses, Monster High, LEGO Friends, American Girl dolls and women’s hair and shoes. When he grows up he wants to be a an artist or teacher. Former aspirations include hair stylist and mommy.
C.J.’s Mom (Me, blogger, author) – 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.
C.J.’s Dad – A police officer and recovering bully with his 18-year chip for bully sobriety. He’s an Irishman with a heart of gold hidden underneath his tough-guy façade and ever-present scowl.
C.J.’s Brother – 10 going on 40, he’s wise, kind and the best big brother a younger sibling could ask for. He used to be embarrassed of his little brother’s gender bending ways, now he has the attitude of “he’s gender nonconforming, so what, get over it.” He’s the coolest kid in fifth grade at a special school for the gifted.
Uncle Uncle – A creature from a sitcom who is bigger than life and loved by all. One of the most important people involved in the raising of C.J. because of his homosexuality. If it takes a village to raise a child, Uncle Uncle is the court jester, mayor, therapist, stylist and official storyteller.
Nana Grab Bags – The maternal grandmother who was created by God to spoil grandchildren. She’s allergic to harsh words and unhappiness and carries an oversized Target purse filled with candy, toys, hugs and zany theories.
Pa – The maternal grandfather who is a devout born-again Christian and macho Mexican-American. Enough said.
Grandma and Grandpa Colorado – The paternal grandparents who are thousands of miles away. A hunting, drinking, fishing, old-fashioned duo, they used to be waiting for the day when C.J. would outgrow his “girly phase,” now they embrace him so fully that I have a feeling they are becoming advocates for gender nonconforming children everywhere.