She recently co-authored the book This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, with business partner, Kristin Russo.Once upon a time, Byrd was a young black queer girl growing up in an ultra Christian household in Dayton, Ohio.She has a Twitter and a Tumblr, both of which are pretty above average.
"I think she was just wanting it to go away," Russo says.As far as Russo, who is now 33, knows, in those pre-Google days Rose never went to the library to find books on parenting gay teens.When Kristin Russo came out at the age of 17, her Catholic mother withdrew – for a short spell, anyway. Like many parents of gay kids, Rose Russo was struggling to reconcile her daughter's sexuality with her own religious life. She spoke with her priest, who advised her that "under no circumstances should she close her door to her daughter or anyone else important in her life", Russo remembers her mother recounting.It helped, but Rose was still grasping for perspective.With nine days and more than half of their fundraising goal to go, making this project a reality is going to be an uphill battle, but luckily, there are plenty of ways to help!
The easiest way to help is by donating, mostly because there are sweet perks including a Tiger Beat-style poster, which: amazing.After a while, she sought advice from a few gay people she found through family and friends."My mum would just corner lesbians and just be like: 'I don't understand, how did you do this, are you having kids?It’s also important to Byrd that, like (which she loves, and has the Power Point presentation to prove it), her content start as free and available to anyone, particularly to queer youth who might not be able to pay or for whom asking parents for access might not be safe. During these troubling political times, independent feminist media is more vital than ever.will be dropping on Facebook on April 20th, all at once for maximum binge-ability. More from BUST Tiffany Haddish Is Producing A Comedy Series About Black Female Beauty Abbi Jacobson Is Bringing "A League Of Their Own" To TV Queering "The Bachelor" Emma Copley Eisenberg writes about gender, queerness, Appalachia and crime for places like The New Republic, Granta, Slate, Salon, The Marshall Project, and others. If our bold, uncensored reporting on women’s issues is important to you, please consider making a donation of , , , or whatever you can afford, to protect and sustain them, and some of us have complicated parents situations! Regardless of your aforementioned parent feelings, you’re in for a treat: Our pals Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid over at advice-giving and lip-synching Everyone Is Gay dot com, are embarking on a new undertaking called The Parents Project.