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Denault driving towards diversity

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May 22, 2018

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Sophomore Mikayla Denault.

Sophomore Mikayla Denault.

Jenna Bradford

Jenna Bradford

Sophomore Mikayla Denault.

 

Growing up in a modern family can be tough. Imagine growing up in a non-traditional family. There is a lot of controversy surrounding LGBTQ parents and the impacts it may have on children. Some kids may feel confused, bullied, and alienated. Sophomore Mikayla Denault is sharing her story about growing up with two mothers and helping many children and adults in the process.

Denault is a proud author of “Raised by Unicorns.”

“There are multiple authors, about 13 or 14. They talk about life with LGBT parents and how they’ve grown up and the challenges and successes they’ve faced,” explains Denault.

Furthermore, she discusses what makes her participation unique. “A lot of them are adults, I’m the youngest so that’s why mine’s a lot more controversial.”

Denault became involved with the book when last year, the Huffington Post published articles looking for guest writers. Many people have already expressed interest in the book, as Denault explains, “… they have some famous people writing reviews and trying to sponsor the book.”

What makes the book so impactful, according to Mikayla, is that, “There’s not something like this out in the media.”

I’m super excited. This June I’ll be going to New York City for pride week, and I’ll be going to do book signings throughout New York City. I’m pretty sure one is June 13 and one is June 17, and I believe there is one in Washington, D.C. as well.”

— Mikayla Denault

Already, the anthology has tour dates scheduled for book signings. “I’m super excited. This June I’ll be going to New York City for pride week, and I’ll be going to do book signings throughout New York City. I’m pretty sure one is June 13 and one is June 17, and I believe there is one in Washington, D.C. as well.”

Additionally, Mikayla is reaching out around Berlin. “I’m trying to do more book signings here. I have the Globe interested. I would love one at [Stephen Decatur] if they would let me.”

Mikayla is not just the co-author of a book, she also contributes to a national blog, whose mission is to provide advice for “modern families.” Here, she writes about her childhood growing up with LGBT parents. “I think it helps a lot of people. I sometimes write about how to help LGBT parents raise their children to be confident.” Mikayla’s writing can be found online at thenextfamily.com and the anthology is for pre-order and will be released on June 12. It can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Google Play.

 

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