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.
The essay, “Living Waters,” (an excerpt from her memoir, Straight Enough) details Lorinda’s resistance and final resignation to joining a conversion therapy program in her church. 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, other part sexual addict. Her experience in Living Waters helps sets the stage for her eventual coming out and into an authentic life and self .
Lorinda’s poem, “My Mother, Her Mother, and Me,” is in response to a call for submissions from the Story Circle Network for pieces reflecting on the varied ways we mother or are mothered, and on the significance of giving and receiving mentoring guidance and care.
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!”
Matter (edition 3)
Spectacular! This highly intimate collection of poetry will warm your heart and intrigue your mind! Exactly what great poetry is meant to do. Enjoy the ride through heartache, mystery, and triumph as you gain new perspectives from our 2023 Award-winning poets.
Before being published in the poetry collection Matter (Edition 3), Lorinda’s Poem “Forgive the Rainbows” was originally published in the Story Circle Network 2023 online journal in the True Words from Real Women section. The theme was forgiveness.
Story Circle Network
Lorinda’s blog post “Starting Again” won first place in Story Circle Network’s 2023 Blog Competition. The call was for a story of a mother-daughter relationship.
“The Living mother-daughter relationship, you learn over and over again, is a constant choice between adaptation and acceptance.”
~Kelly Corrrigan, Glitter and Glue
Her Poem “Forgive the Rainbows” was published in the Story Circle Network 2023 online journal in the True Words from Real Women section. The theme was forgiveness.
Her Poem “Silence is Golden” was published in the Story Circle Network 2024 online journal in the True Words from Real Women section. The theme was silence.