Donna Gordon
Donna Gordon

Donna Gordon grew up in a devoted Catholic family. As a teen, Donna answered the calling and entered the Missionary Franciscan Sisters in Brisbane, where she trained as a postulant and later as a novice nun. But little did she know as she faithfully took her vows that her life was about to unfold in a very different direction.

Donna Gordon
Donna Gordon

Julie K. Parrott tells Donna?s story in her new book, Cost of Truth.

?After a 13-year loving marriage, five beautiful children and relentless soul searching, Donna came to the heart-breaking realization she was gay,? says Parrott.

With a belief in total honesty and truth, she opened her heart to those closest to her?no matter the cost. This meant she had little choice but to make the painful decision to leave her husband and children to work through what this now meant for her and her family. Slowly, Donna came to terms with her sexuality.

?Donna?s journey is one of honesty, disclosure, strength, and the fear she experienced on a daily basis,? Parrott says. ?She fought for truth, acceptance and her children in a deeply religious environment which supports family love, but does not accept homosexuality.?

Her mother never accepted her new life; her children never again lived with her, many friends judged her harshly and her marriage was annulled by the Catholic Church.

Complicating her life even more, in September 2012, Donna was diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer. She is currently undergoing treatment and remains optimistically positive.

As she fights yet another battle, Donna remains a strong, loving, confident woman who has welcomed her sexuality, made peace with her religion, has her children as her best friends and is able to call the man she married a good friend. Donna and her partner Di will be retiring to Brisbane this year.

Cost of Truth is written with Julie?s words, but this is Donna?s story.

Cost of Truth

By Julie K. Parrott

228 pages

Paperback 6×9, retail price: $28.03

E-book, retail price: $3.99

ISBN: 978-1-49900-089-4

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About the author

In 1988, Julie K. Parrott was recognized in the Women’s Register for her contribution to the Northern Territory community and in 2000 was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. As a mother to three daughters, Julie spent most of her adult life in the Northern Territory of Australia, playing and coaching tennis and taking an active role in the delivery of public policy. Quickly changing her written style from formal government speak to creative, she now spends her time penning anecdotes, travelling and sharing her life with her partner, daughters, six grandchildren and good friends. Julie remains committed to helping people put into words the stories they have to tell, believing it is the honest battlers from the suburbs who have some of the most sensitive, interesting and fascinating tales to share.


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