I appreciate you so much for reading my book, talking about it, and sharing the news of its release on social media. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I started this journey in 1992, when little two-year-old Harry told me, “Inside my head I’m a girl.” I know there are thousands of parents who are just now beginning a similar journey, learning about and struggling with their child’s gender identity. I’m sure many aren’t even sure what “gender identity” means, like I didn’t at the time. I’m hopeful my story will add to those that help them understand that discovering our gender selves is just one aspect of discovering who we are as individuals.
I wanted to celebrate the official release date with Harry, of course! We agreed to meet after work Tuesday at our local Barnes & Noble. It was quite a thrill to walk into the store and see Harry standing at the “Thought Provoking” table holding a copy of a book with his photograph of him at five years old on the cover. And to watch him take a picture of My Son Wears Heels with his cell phone was one of the sweetest moments of the night.
It’s been wonderful, too, to get photos of the book from people in other states who’ve spotted My Son Wears Heels in the gender studies, parenting, and memoir/biography sections of local bookstores.
I’m very excited my 14-city national book tour will kick off with a talk and reading in hometown Milwaukee on Wed., Sept 21 at Boswell Book Company. It’s just a few blocks from Harry’s childhood home. And I’m so happy he’ll be at the event, too!
In other news, Bust magazine ran an edited excerpt from My Son Wears Heels online this week. It’s one of my favorite stories from the book, when teenage Harry and I are in Las Vegas and experience a drag show for the first time, together. I must say I love the header image they chose, as Harry does like to quote RuPaul’s mantra: We’re born naked, and the rest is drag.
And speaking of drag shows, Mz. Amber Alert (aka Harry) will be performing at Bushwig this weekend. I’ll be at my usual spot close to the stage, so stay tuned for LOTS of photos from Brooklyn’s fiercely fun and fabulous festival of drag, music & love.
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