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A memoir

Straight Enough

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.

A Queer Anthology: 3rd Edition

Fruitslice: Gay Rights & Gay Wrongs-      Issue 3 (Summer 2024)

Fruitslice is a celebration of the joyous and the forlorn, the hopeful and the desparate, the disparate ways we live as one. Fruitslice is a backflash against: corporate, artless, heartless pride.

Stonewall Fifty was published in Fruitslice for the special Gay Rights & Gay Wrongs edition.

 

A Queer Anthology: 7th edition

Beyond Queer Words – 7th Edition (Summer 2024)

Thirty writers and seven visual artists expressing queerness, spreading love and visibility.

Cover Design: Lorinda Boyer

Beyond Words Press, Berlin Germany

Show Them Love, originally published by Sidekick Press, 2023, was published in Beyond Queer Words, 2024.

Poetry

Unseal Your Best Life: Poems Reavealing Past, Present, and Perfect Moments

Life is hard. Very hard. But between the tough times, there are so many beautiful moments that make this wild journey so worthwhile. In “Unseal Your Best Life: Poems Revealing Past, Present, And Perfect Moments,” members of The Unsealed open up about the days that bring a little extra sunshine to their lives.

Lorinda’s poems 2023 and Perfectly Equal were selected and published in this volume of poems.

A portion of the proceeds from this book during June 2024 will go to the non-profit Girls Write Now, a program that encourages and mentors young female writers. The rest of the proceeds will go to growing and maintaining The Unsealed, an online writing community that uses writing to heal and empower people.

 

Anthology

Unseal Your Gratitude: Poems That Illuminate The Beauty In Life

In a world where we often see an idealized version of our peers’ lives via social media, it is easy to bury our minds with thoughts of what we want, failing to recognize what we already possess. Each one of us has reasons to be thankful. In Lauren Brill’s, “Unseal Your Gratitude: Poems That Illuminate The Beauty In Life,” we share a collection of poetic narratives from people who took a moment to appreciate what lights up their lives. The stories span from seemingly small aspects of life to grand accomplishments, as each piece reminds us of the joy surrounding us.

Lorinda’s poem, Thank You, Stonewall was published in this volume of poems.

Poetry

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.

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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.

Anthology

Mothers and Mentors

The Art of Nurturing

Real Women Write Vol. 22

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. 

anthology

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!”

 

Anthology

True Stories
The Narrative Project
Volume I

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 .

Blog

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

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.

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.

Short story, “Wired for Joy” was published in the Story Circle Network 2024 online journal in True Words from Real Women section.

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