Lorinda Boyer strove continuously to be virtuous in the eyes of God and to live the life she believed He intended for her. She married her high school boyfriend at eighteen and had two kids by twenty-eight. Although she created a perfect Christian home for her family, she never felt wholly content in her role as wife and mother. Then her life intersected with Robin’s-the woman who would ultimately awaken her sexuality and show her true love for the first time. Struggling to come to terms with her sexual identity within the confines of her strict fundamentalist Christian upbringing, Lorinda is pushed into living a double life: one part perfect housewife and mother, the other part sexual addict. She soon finds herself in the fight for her life. More than a coming-out story, this is a coming-into story-coming into an authentic life and self.
“Honestly I don’t see much reason to go on living.” Our eyes lock briefly before she averts her gaze to the ground.
“What do you know, Doc?” He pushes the red quick start button, and the treadmill begins to move along at a painfully sluggish pace.
A coin slipped free and fell to the floor. Twirling like a top at my feet, I trapped it, pinned it under my shoe.
Lorinda Boyer is a Pacific Northwest native living in Tucson, Arizona. She spends her days writing, reading, and exploring the desert with her wife Sandy and dog, Mollie. Lorinda’s journey through fundamentalist Christianity, sexual addiction, and eventual self-acceptance unfolds in her memoir, “Straight Enough.” More than a coming-out story this is a coming-into story—coming into an authentic life and self.