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.
Spring and All
Red Wheelbarrow Writers put out a call for submissions to their fourth anthology, Spring and All inspired by William Carlos Williams’ volume of poetry of the same name. Williams is often considered an uplifting voice amid the harsh realities of the world, and that is our vision for this anthology.
In response to the call for pieces embodying a sense of uplift (an elevated condition of the body, mind, or spirit), Lorinda’s story “Show Them Love” sees a group of drag queens shut down a group of protesters at a gay pride parade. “Let’s show these boys some love!”
In this video Linda Quinby Lambert interviews Lorinda about her essay and also speaks to her about her memoir “Straight Enough.”
What People are Saying…
I loved this book! Ms Boyer is wonderfully bold in telling her story…a story that is deeply moving and at times just plain heartbreaking. Her writing is crisp, evocative, accented with humor – and always captivating. This is a story that resonates with many of us who struggled with being gay in our young lives. This is a story that resonates with many of us who tried desperately to live straight lives – for as long as our hearts and mental health allowed. This is story that resonates with many of us who broke free of that painful life and walked out into the full light of our real lives. Thank you, Ms Boyer!
I love how this writer put you right in the story with her. Incredible journey of living ones true self and over coming adversities.