Op-Ed: Thank You, Angelina Jolie, For Celebrating Our Kids Who Are ‘Different’

I wrote a blog post for this week, but instead of being published here, it’s published as an Op-Ed on Entertainment Tonight’s website. Check out the links below to have a read. 

Photo Creds: etonline.com

Photo Creds: etonline.com

Op-Ed: Thank You, Angelina Jolie, For Celebrating Our Kids Who Are ‘Different’

“Different is good,” Angelina Jolie said Saturday night at the Kids’ Choice Awards. “Don’t fit in… don’t ever try to be less than what you are, and when someone tries to tell you that you are different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud.”

As the mother of a child who is different, I can’t get enough of Angelina Jolie. Every time she publicly and proudly says or shows that it’s okay to be different, I am grateful….Click here to read the full piece.

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  8. Miranda steplight says:

    I stumbled upon your lovely blog earlier and have been so enlightened by your words. I began crying and feeling angry, when at some point I read that you get hate mail. You are an awesome, loving mom. How dare anybody judge your child!!! Keep being great!!!

  9. Chris says:

    A link that might be of interest (though you may have read it already):

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  10. Jay says:

    Kids are so much more fluid. If only all adults could take their cues from them instead of trying to force it to be the other way around. Really nice piece.

  11. I, too, have a daughter who chooses to dress like a boy. Just a fact of life…
    She did beg the doctor to sew a penis on her because she didn’t have the right part. He calmly patted her on the back and told her she could make that decision when she got a little older. (She was 8). You just gotta love em all!

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  13. Cheryl says:

    I love your book and blog. It makes me so happy for your boy. I would have loved to grow up with parents that support me like you do but it was a different time. My mom tried to protect me. I really didn’t see it then but after reading you book I see it now. It always scared me to think that I could have a child that was gender nonconforming but reading you being able to do it gives me the strength and courage to have and love my children no matter what. Thank you so much for doing the blog and book.

  14. cobo0521 says:

    Hi Lori, I just stumbled upon your blog and I haven’t been able to stop reading! It’s so wonderful to know that there are such amazing, accepting people and parents. I look forward to more posts from you. Have a great day! 🙂

  15. jerbearinsantafe says:

    Reblogged this on Fairy JerBear's Queer World News, Views & More From The City Different – Santa Fe, NM and commented:
    From one mom to another…

  16. What a lovely article! X

  17. Ranada says:

    As usual, wonderfully written. I read and article yesterday about the girlfriend of an Oakland A’s pitcher offering to buy tickets from ticket holders who didn’t want to go to the A’s LGBTQ night and donate them to LGTBQ youth. Thought you might be interested – http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/oakland-athletics-sean-doolittle-girlfriend-eireann-dolan-lgbt-pride-night-mlb. She’s another person who has some public presence and is willing to speak out in defense of people’s right to be themselves.

  18. mdaniels4 says:

    Perhaps i’ve commented on this here before, but i thinks it’s appropriate for this article too. MLK’s commentary about “Judge not a man by the color of his skin, but by the strength of his character” has always strongly resonated with me.

    I like to paraphrase that sentiment to bring awareness of and to celebrate human diversity. My version is thus: “Judge not a human for their differences, their affections or affectations, nor their individual sense of beauty, style or fashion, but by the strength of their character and their ability to bring grace and love to the world around them”.

  19. I’m so glad there are people like you in the world.

  20. Isn’t this an amazing message. I did a similar post. Take a look: http://thechampatree.in/2015/03/31/different-is-good/

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