Finding My Rainbow

A Journey of Courage, Acceptance, and Pride

About the Book

Finding My Rainbow: A Journey of Courage, Acceptance, and Pride” is a poignant and uplifting tale set in the small town in Alabama, that follows the journey of a young boy named Josh as he navigates the complexities of growing up, discovering his identity, and seeking acceptance. In a community where certain truths are not openly discussed, Josh grapples with understanding and embracing his sexuality in the face of societal expectations and norms.

With the backdrop of lush landscapes, from jasmine-scented evenings to the serene hum of cicadas, Josh’s story is one of inner turmoil and external pressures, but also of immense courage and the pursuit of self-acceptance. As Josh finds solace in his diary, confides in his supportive cousin Stacey, and eventually opens up to his family, he embarks on a transformative journey that challenges him to confront his fears and embrace who he truly is.

Through Josh’s eyes, readers are invited into a deeply personal narrative that explores themes of identity, belonging, and the power of unconditional love. “Finding My Rainbow” is not just Josh’s story-it’s a call to action for understanding, empathy, and support for LGBTQ+ youth navigating their own paths to acceptance. This book aims to inspire readers of all ages with its message of hope, reminding us that we all deserve to live our truth and find our rainbow. Suitable for readers aged 8 to 13, this story touches hearts and minds, encouraging a more inclusive and accepting world.

About the Author

Josh Coleman is a distinguished advocate for social justice and LGBTQ+ rights, serving as the Deputy Director of the Division of Social Justice and Racial Equity in Birmingham’s Mayor’s Office. His pioneering role as the city’s first LGBTQ+ Liaison and President of Central Alabama Pride highlight his commitment to inclusivity.

Notably, Josh also contributes his expertise as a member of the Democratic National Committee, amplifying his impact on democratic values and advocacy. His academic pursuits in political science and public administration further underscore his dedication to public service and community engagement.

He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his fiancé and their two Yorkies.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?

“Finding My Rainbow” is a deeply personal narrative that explores the journey of self-discovery and acceptance within the LGBTQ+ community. The book delves into the challenges and triumphs of embracing one’s true identity in a world that often presents formidable obstacles. It’s a celebration of diversity and resilience, aiming to inspire readers to find their own “rainbow”—a metaphor for reaching a place of acceptance and pride in who they are. Through a blend of personal stories, reflections, and insights, the book not only shares my own experiences but also highlights the broader struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement. It’s designed to connect with anyone seeking understanding and solidarity on their journey toward self-acceptance.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

“Finding My Rainbow” is primarily aimed at readers within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as allies who are interested in understanding more about the challenges and experiences faced by LGBTQ+ individuals. It’s particularly valuable for young adults and teenagers who are navigating their own identities and looking for stories that reflect their experiences and emotions. Additionally, educators, counselors, and parents can find this book helpful as it provides insights and opens up discussions about diversity, acceptance, and the importance of supporting LGBTQ+ rights. The book’s universal themes of self-discovery and resilience will also appeal to a broader audience interested in personal growth and social issues.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?

My favorite books and authors span a diverse range, but if I had to pick a few, I’d mention “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker. These books stand out for their powerful narratives and profound social commentary. Harper Lee’s work is a masterful exploration of racial injustice and the loss of innocence, offering a timeless lesson in empathy and understanding. Alice Walker, on the other hand, paints a vivid picture of the struggle and resilience of African American women, with a narrative that’s both heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting. Both authors have a way of capturing the human spirit in its many forms, making their stories both universal and deeply personal.

Qn 4: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?

Readers interested in learning more about me and my work can visit my website, which offers a comprehensive overview of my books, upcoming projects, and public appearances. Additionally, I maintain an active presence on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, where I share updates, interact with readers, and discuss relevant social issues. For those wishing to reach out directly, I also provide a contact form on my website, as well as email contact details for media inquiries or speaking engagements.

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