In a world of “Don’t Say Gay,” we need more JoJo Siwas

Thank you to Mother.ly for sharing my story!

As a 40-something queer, non-binary parent of two elementary school age kids, I was almost as thrilled to be heading to the D.R.E.A.M. tour to see not just JoJo Siwa, the entertainer, but JoJo Siwa, newly minted LGBTQ+ star. 

By Brianne Croteau  March 16, 2022

“Baba, I’m so excited I could cry, but I don’t want to mess up my makeup!” That was my six -year-old daughter from the backseat of our car on the way to see her very first concert: a stadium show in Hershey, PA, featuring her idol, 18-year-old dancer, singer and social media star JoJo Siwa. 

As we belted out the hits like “Dance Through The Day,” “Only Getting Better” and “Nobody Can Change Me!” in our glitter eye shadow, the excitement was palpable, and not just for my daughter.  As a 40-something queer, non-binary parent of two elementary school age kids, I was almost as thrilled to be heading to the D.R.E.A.M. tour to see not just JoJo Siwa, the entertainer, but JoJo Siwa, newly minted LGBTQ+ star. 

TO VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE: www.mother.ly/parenting/jojo-siwa-queer-representation/

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Author: The Baba 'Hood

Brianne L. Croteau is a Huffington Post featured contributor, speaker, writer, artist, and founder of The Baba ‘Hood, a chronicle of her adventures as a “Baba”, or non-binary parent. In addition to journaling her observations on life, love, parenting, growing older and other related ridiculousness, Brianne’s work has been published in Motherly, Curve Magazine, Well Rounded NY and Tagg Magazine. She lives in a full house with her wife, two young kids, and two rascally kittens and is currently in need of a lot more sleep. Follow along at www.huffingtonpost.com/brianne-l-croteau or contact her directly at thebabahood@gmail.com. Her work can also be found at www.croteaustrategies.com/art.

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