Rae Theodore, also known as Middle-Age Butch, is the author of Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender (Regal Crest, 2nd ed. 2017) and My Mother Says Drums Are for Boys: True Stories for Gender Rebels (Regal Crest, August 2018). Leaving Normal was shortlisted for an award for creative nonfiction by the Golden Crown Literary Society.
Rae believes in the power of story—the stories we tell ourselves and those we share with others. Through workshops and speaking engagements, she teaches participants how to use story as a tool to create positive change (change your story, change your life) and to realize that people are more alike than different despite actual and perceived differences.
Rae is President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and hosts WNBA-sponsored Story Jams several times a year. Her stories have appeared in various publications, including Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars (Flashpoint Publications, 2017). This anthology, created after the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida, raises money for LGBT youth charities.
Rae earned a BA degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. She works as a staff writer for one of the world’s largest communication firms and lives in Royersford, Pennsylvania, with her wife, three boys and three cats. Her favorite day of the week is Tuesday because that’s when her writers group meets. She has a not-so-secret crush on Olivia Newton-Jon and Wonder Woman.