WARNING! This one isn’t a kids book.
Dancing at the Shame Prom is a collection of stories written by courageous women who have told shame to go away. My motto, and the motto of my storytelling show is: The more we all talk about how fucked up we are, the more normal we all feel. I’ve committed to always talk about my issues, my shame, my judgements, and to help others do the same.
Each woman who contributed this book (and most people in the world) grow up ashamed of something. It could be their dirty car or the way they dance or their family. And they go through life doing whatever they can to hide that thing.
Well, hiding something because of shame is painful and lonely. And my goal in life is to help us all shed our shame by getting it all out in the open. I hope my essay in this book and the work I do inspires others to do the same.
My contribution to this analogy is a piece called ‘Matching Rainbows.’ It’s about my father coming out as gay in the 80s and then committing suicide in the 90s. It details how I kept it all inside until I finally had to let it go. To find out more, it’s available on Amazon.