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Cruces writer publishes memoir of LGBTQ family acceptance


Las Cruces author Lisa Lucca’s memoir “Ashes to Ink” was released Oct. 19 in print and digital formats, Lucca said in a news release.

“During the 1970s, the LGBTQ community struggled and fought for awareness,” Lucca said in a news release.

At the same time, her father came out as gay.

“The secrecy and tumult that followed her father’s truth led Lisa on a path of rebellion and self-discovery,” the news release said.

Written after her father’s passing, “Ashes to Ink” recounts the challenges Lisa and her family faced “as they came to understand her father’s complexities during a time when openly queer people were shunned, mocked, and attacked.”

Jordan Budd, executive director of COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), a national LGBTQ+ family organization, said Lucca has written “… a raw and gripping memoir which perfectly captures the unique ripple effects of life with a gay parent,” Lucca quoted in her news release.

Author talks are in the works to feature independent bookstores and libraries across the United States. Lucca said.

Lucca said the Oak Park Public Library in Oak Park, Illinois planned a virtual release-day event Oct. 19. Visit oppl.org  for details.

Lucca will participate in a virtual event with COLAGE at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, to honor LGBT History Month. Visit lisalucca.com for details.

Lucca is host of the local radio talk show, Live True, on KTAL-LP 101.5 FM in Las Cruces.

For more information, contact Lexi Rose at alexafiona@pm.me.

Lisa Lucca