Friday Fodder: Vote for Me & KidzCanDesign Edition

Can I ask you for a favor?

Raising My Rainbow has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Parents Blog Awards in the category of “Most Likely to Inspire You to Change the World.”

Voting is super simple.  Just click here and select my blog under the “Most Likely to Inspire You to Change the World” category.  You can vote once a day until Feb. 24.

pmm_400x400_7995BlogAwards_voteI would love to win this honor because Parents Magazine is one of the leading (if not the leading) parenting magazine in the U.S. and exposure to my blog would no doubt help some of their millions of readers better understand gender; consider their expectations for their child when it comes to gender, sex and sexuality; and hopefully encourage them to educate cisgender children to be more empathetic and kind towards LGBTQ children.

A special thanks to the person or people who nominated me!  I’m flattered and grateful.

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Last week may have been C.J.’s birthday, but I’m the one who received the most amazing gift!

image001-1KidzCanDesign is a company that converts a child’s work of art into custom, high quality, sterling silver jewelry.  They took one of C.J.’s self-portraits and turned it into a necklace that I will treasure forever.

The self-portrait that they used was drawn by C.J. right as kindergarten started in September, right before he drew himself as a boy for the first time ever.  So, the art is special to me and always will be.  I can’t get enough of this necklace.

Check out KidzCanDesign and if you choose to order something use the promo code RAINBOW for 35 percent off of your order and free U.S. shipping.  You can also like them at Facebook/KidzCanDesign.

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Finally, you all HAVE to watch this video.  The content, the way it is presented, artist iO Tillett Wright’s delivery, intelligence, compassion….I can’t stop thinking about it.  I’m fascinated by iO Tillett Wright’s gender nonconforming childhood.

“I grew up in a very sheltered environment. I was raised in downtown Manhattan in the early 1980s … Where I come from, if you weren’t a drag queen or a radical thinker or a performance artist of some kind, you were the weirdo.”

“iO Tillett Wright thanks her parents for not asking her to define herself as a child. Her experience of growing up without having check boxes like “female,” “male,” “gay” or straight” thoroughly infuses her art.”

About raisingmyrainbow is a blog about the adventures in raising a fabulous, gender creative son.
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27 Responses to Friday Fodder: Vote for Me & KidzCanDesign Edition

  1. Arby says:

    Reblogged this on JUST DOCUMENTING and commented:
    The video hit very close to home (=heart) for me. The part where she described her childhood exploration of her identity was very relatable in particular. More people should see others are just people, rather than trying to “box” them into specific categories as she mentioned.

  2. Lyssapants says:

    That TED talk was absolutely amazing. Thanks for posting!

  3. I tried to vote, but the facebook page says “Temporarily Down for Maintenance”.. I will try again later!

  4. I voted for you :)! Hope you win!

  5. Ekhava says:

    Reblogged this on Ekhava and commented:
    Please vote for Raising my Rainbox. The site is uplifting, witty, awesome and full of love. You will also find the parental norms of how to protect your child while also allowing him, her to grow and find their own place, way and uniqueness in this world of ours. Do visit the site when you get a chance.

    Love Unconditional…

  6. pegges says:

    done 🙂 glad to help out! you deserve it!

  7. Tiffany says:

    I will definitely vote! Best of luck to you. By the way, have you guys read 10,000 dresses by Marcus Ewert?? My daughter and I really enjoyed it.

  8. mothlit says:

    Voted using my son’s Facebook account (I don’t have one either), but he’s my Mary Poppins baby so not much of an argument from him.
    Saw “50 Shades of Gay” and was similarly moved–especially given my own hetero/lesbian story. Still haven’t been able to tell some members of my family… fear born of a religious, homophobic upbringing. No excuses–it’s gutless foolishness. I guess I just wish more of us knew that kind of freedom in childhood.

  9. sweetpea616 says:

    So glad to vote for you!

  10. Ally says:

    Voted! That was a really great video and reminded me of my childhood, although my phase of wanting to be a boy lasted a couple of years. When puberty hit, I found myself transformed into a girly girl. Now I’m raising a boy and find myself remembering why I loved playing sports, climbing trees, playing in creeks and when I would do those things with my son, it would bring back really good memories. Every time I watch him play basketball, I am dying to get out there. I grew up to identify as a hetero woman but I’m enjoying getting back in touch with my tomboy side. Preemptive strike, this is not intended to have that tone of “don’t worry,maybe your kid will outgrow it and be “okay” (hetero). That’s not how I think at all. I’m only speaking to what my own personal experience was, NOT saying it turned out better than someone’s experience who is LBGT. Really, my point is it just should not matter. Let kids be themselves,love them,support them, and cherish every moment you have with them.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing that video. Awesome! Now, I’m off to vote.

  12. You have my vote. What a lucky child to have such truly loving parents.

  13. doubleinvert says:

    I voted for your blog and really enjoyed the Ted talk video. Thanks for sharing!


  14. monk-monk says:

    Do it NOW!!! Another blog is winning and we can’t let that happen! CJ’s story is too amazing not to win!

  15. Carissa says:

    Voted! And thanks for sharing iO Tillett Wright’s TED talk. I’ve reposted it on my photography blog.

  16. Gluten-free Medley says:

    The video was AMAZING! Thank you for sharing it!! ( I also voted for you – good luck!)

  17. Joycelyn says:

    Voted! And you are surely changing the world, one person at a time. You have made me aware of pronouns and my being too used to just assuming who someone is. Thank you

  18. Ally says:

    Voted! Good luck. I hope you win.

  19. Michelle says:

    With pleasure, done 🙂 I do not comment often, but am a regular reader, I think you are an amazing mum, thank you very much for sharing CJ’s adventures with us all.

  20. strawberryquicksand says:

    I voted, but now you just have to remind me daily. 😀

  21. strawberryquicksand says:

    Done! Now you just have to remind me daily. lol

  22. Consider it done! I love your blog and admire both you and your husband for being so supportive. The world needs more parents like you! Good luck 🙂

  23. Harriet says:

    I just tried to vote and the page is down. I’ll try again later.

  24. Ziya Tamesis says:

    Voted for you. Good luck!

  25. Tray says:

    Voted for you, what you do for CJ and others is truly inspiring. He’s a great kid and lucky to have a mom like you!

  26. jmgoyder says:

    Voted for you! I hope it worked – having computer glitches.

  27. anon says:

    I would gladly vote but I don’t have a Facebook account.

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