Ronni Sanlo


Dr. Ronni Sanlo is the owner of Purple Books Publishing which produces quality literature for and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and our allies. Ronni retired from UCLA as a Senior Associate Dean of Students and professor and director of the UCLA Masters of Education in Student Affairs program. Formerly, Ronni was the director of the UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center, the director of the University of Michigan LGBT Center, and an HIV epidemiologist in Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and a masters and doctorate in education from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Her research and many publications focus on sexual orientation issues in education and higher education. Ronni is the founding chair of the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals and is the originator of the award-winning Lavender Graduation, a commencement event that celebrates the lives and achievements of graduating LGBT college students. Ronni lives in Palm Desert, California, where she rides around in her purple golf cart - the title of her memoir - and plays rotten but passionate golf.

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The Purple Golf Cart: Stories of an Unconventional Grandma
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 78,690. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Gay & lesbian
The true story of a Florida woman who hid her lesbian identity for two decades. When she finally came out, she lost custody of her young children, thrusting her into activism. But it was her irreverent sense of humor that helped her to survive. It's a story of resilience and passion for social justice. Homelessness, depression, failed relationships gave way to forgiveness, success, and self love.

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