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The Queer Family Podcast

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The show all about family; but with gay! Queer mom, Jaimie Kelton, humorously goes in-depth with weekly LGBTQIA+ guests about their families; how they made them, and how they show up in a world that wasn't necessarily designed for them. The mission is to normalize, elevate and celebrate, while confirming that we're just like other parents, trying not to yell at our kids when they still haven't put their shoes on and we're 25 minutes late for school. The end result is a compelling podcast that amusingly explores the age-old question: what's it like to live as an LGBTQ family in a world built for the straights?
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Jaimie sits down with Vicky and Charisse Pasche, the founders of the Dapper Boi clothing brand. They share their queer family journey, including the challenges of coming out, their unique fertility experiences leading to the birth of their twins, and the inspiration behind creating an inclusive clothing line. They delve into the importance of visibility, representation, and the power of authentic self-expression through fashion. Their heartfelt stories underscore the significance of community and advocacy within the LGBTQIA+ landscape.Listen to the full episode for an enriching experience and stay tuned for more enlightening stories from "The Queer Family Podcast.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code LOVEISLOVE), and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 The Journey to Authenticity: Vicky and Charisse’s coming-out stories exemplify the liberating yet challenging path to self-discovery and acceptance.Birth of Dapper Boi: Inspired by personal struggle with traditional gendered clothing, Dapper Boy aims to make everyone feel comfortable and confident.Parenthood Challenges: The couple shares their IVF journey, including PCOS complications, multiple IUIs, and the eventual birth of their twins.Importance of Representation: Their story underscores the significance of visibility for the LGBTQIA community, providing hope and a sense of belonging.Community and Support: The role of community support in navigating and celebrating queer family life is highlighted as a cornerstone of their experience.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈"Shopping in the men's department for the first time, for me, it was like a complete shift, and I was so excited, and I started caring about how I looked, and I had this newfound confidence." - Vicky"We created this brand so a plus-size person, like my wife, could feel confident walking into a room, and they didn't have to compromise fit for fashion." - Charisse🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Vicky and Charisse: Vicky and Charisse are the dynamic duo behind Dapper Boi, an inclusive clothing line aimed at providing comfortable, stylish clothing for people of all sizes and gender identities.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Sponsor: Visit https://www.cryobank.com/ and use promo code LOVEISLOVE for a free level 2 subscription to their donor catalog, or you can apply it to a level 3 subscription for a discount.Dapper Boi Website, InstagramMeet The PaschesMerch: PEP!: Jaimie’s daughter’s Pride Merchandise shop. All proceeds will go to The Trevor Project.🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jaimie welcomes Kelsey and Kymaria, the dynamic influencer duo behind @houseofk.love. They delve into their unique coming-out stories, dealing with religion, and forming a blended family. The couple shares insights into their experiences raising their daughter within a loving, queer household and Kelsey’s transition into instant parenthood. Touching on the challenges and joys of their relationship, they reveal their thoughts on having more children and what pride means to them. This episode is a heartfelt conversation on love, family, and identity.Listen to the full episode for an enriching experience and stay tuned for more enlightening stories from "The Queer Family Podcast.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code LOVEISLOVE), and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Navigating Love and Religion: Insights into how Kymaria and Kelsey balanced their religious backgrounds with their coming out journeys.Blended Family Dynamics: Understanding the dynamics of merging families, especially with children involved, and maintaining harmony.Acceptance and Growth: The significance of self-acceptance and the evolving relationships with their families towards acceptance of their identities.Queer Parenting: The approach and philosophies of raising a child in a queer household, focusing on love, freedom, and spirituality.Future Family Plans: Delving into their thoughts on expanding their family, considering avenues like known donors and fertility treatments.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈Kymaria: "I wasn't willing to sacrifice my happiness on account of anyone else's feelings because I felt like I had did it for so long."Kelsey: "The basis of my belief is love. I believe in moving from a place of love and not fear."Kymaria: "Pride just means love overall, in my opinion."Kelsey: "When I think of pride, I think of love, joy, and peace."🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Kymaria and Kelsey, known as houseofk.love, are the charming and dynamic duo behind the vibrant social media platform, House of K. The couple has been sharing their journey of love, family, and life as an LGBTQIA+ family, captivating audiences with their authentic and inspiring stories. By sharing their lifestyle the aim to inspire creativity through their engaging and loving content.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Sponsor: Visit https://www.cryobank.com/ and use promo code LOVEISLOVE for a free level 2 subscription to their donor catalog, or you can apply it to a level 3 subscription for a discount.House of K on Instagram and TikTok and YouTube: @HouseofK houseofk.loveBook Mention: Conversations with God by Neale Donald WalschMerch: PEP!: Jaimie’s daughter’s Pride Merchandise shop. All proceeds will go to The Trevor Project.🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jaimie welcomes Colton Underwood, former NFL player and Bachelor star, to discuss his journey from playing football to embracing his identity as a gay man. Colton shares his struggles with internalized shame, his unique coming out process, and how the COVID-19 pandemic changed his life. He opens up about his ongoing surrogacy journey with his husband, the importance of being intentional in building a family, and the steps they are taking to ensure their future children know they were made with love. Discover Colton's plans, aspirations, and advocacy for LGBTQIA family building.To get a deeper understanding of Colton's inspiring journey and insights into queer family planning, listen to the full episode. Stay tuned for more incredible stories and discussions from The Queer Family Podcast.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code LOVEISLOVE), and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Journey to Authenticity: Colton shares how growing up in a conservative, religious background and being an athlete complicated his understanding and acceptance of his identity.Life on The Bachelor: Colton discusses how participating in The Bachelor was a form of conversion therapy for him, aimed at solidifying a straight identity.Mental Health Struggles: Colton talks about his battles with anxiety and depression, leading to a period of substance abuse before he was able to come out and seek help.Queer Family Planning: Colton takes us through the detailed steps he and his husband are taking to build their family via surrogacy, including the search for an egg donor and a surrogate.Advocacy and Awareness: Colton emphasizes the importance of visibility and education around queer family building, aiming to break down misconceptions and foster broader acceptance.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈“By the time I figured out that I was attracted to men and I was gay, it was too late. It was already ingrained in me that was a sin, it was not okay for a football player and an athlete to be gay.” Colton Underwood"Growing up, I just didn't see representation for myself." Colton Underwood"The Bachelor for me was a way to try to really change me. It was my version of conversion therapy." Colton Underwood"My journey will help people... I had physical connections with men in a very shameful way." Colton Underwood🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈Colton Underwood is a former NFL player, reality television star, and mental health advocate. He gained fame through his participation in three seasons of the reality show The Bachelor. Colton made headlines when he came out as gay after struggling with his identity for many years. Since then, he has been an active voice in the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly focusing on mental health and queer family building. Colton is married and is in the process of building a family through surrogacy. He also hosts a podcast focused on fertility and family planning.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Visit cryobank.com and use promo code LOVEISLOVE for a free level 2 subscription to their donor catalog, or you can apply it to a level 3 subscription for a discount.Daddyhood Podcast: Colton's podcast focused on fertility and family planning.PEP!: Jaimie’s daughter’s Pride Merchandise shop. All proceeds will go to The Trevor Project.🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Rosie O'Donnell opens up about her experiences as a parent, discussing her journey with raising a child on the autism spectrum and the challenges and joys that come with it. She shares her insights on gender identity and the importance of unconditional love and acceptance. Jaimie also reflects on her own fears and struggles as a parent, including her initial reservations about having a son and the non-biological connection she has with her daughter, and Rosie lovingly tells Jaimie that she needs therapy🤪. This heartfelt conversation explores the complexities of parenting and the power of embracing and supporting our children for who they are.Listen to the full episode to join Jaimie and Rosie O'Donnell on this heartfelt and illuminating journey. Stay tuned for more captivating discussions that shed light on the realities of queer parenting, identity, and overcoming personal battles with the guidance of those who've walked the path before us.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code LOVEISLOVE), and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Unconditional love and acceptance are central to parenting, particularly in non-typical households.Personal fears can significantly impact our perceptions and relationships, highlighting the importance of addressing them through therapy or introspection.Gender identity and expressions, especially in children, require sensitive and open-minded discussions and support.Rosie reflects on the beauty and challenges in the relationships between mothers and sons, as well as managing the dynamics of non-bio connections in parenting.The conversation reiterates the importance of embracing each individual's unique journey, whether it relates to autism, gender identity, or personal growth.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈"You have to realize that they're separate individuals from you, and they're not ours. They're the world's children." - Rosie O'Donnell"Every moment, you have a choice: faith or fear." - Rosie O'Donnell"The job of parenting is unconditional love and universal acceptance." - Rosie O'Donnell🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈Rosie O'Donnell is an acclaimed American comedian, actress, and television personality known for her engaging and heartwarming presence both on and off-screen. She has graced Broadway, starred in hit films, and hosted her own influential talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Over the years, Rosie has become a beloved icon in the entertainment industry and an outspoken advocate for various causes, including LGBTQ+ rights and children's adoption services. Alongside her impressive career in the limelight, Rosie is also a devoted parent to five children, each with their own unique stories and journeys.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Visit cryobank.com and use promo code LOVEISLOVE for a free level 2 subscription to their donor catalog, or you can apply it to a level 3 subscription for a discount.🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
What does Pride mean to you? As we get ready for Pride and our upcoming PRIDE EXTRAVAGANZA, Jaimie closes out this season with a little medley of responses to this question from all of last year’s Extravaganza guests. These answers will give you all the feels, y'all. Let them serve as a reminder that LOVE is LOVE, YOU are loved, and PRIDE is EVERY DAY. Happy Pride to all.AND stay tuned next season for episodes with cultural icons and individuals making impactful strides for queer visibility and rights, like Rosie O’Donnell, Colton Underwood, Jaymes Black, and more. This Pride is about to be double the fun, double the visibility, and double the gay!🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠ (code QUEERFAM), ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Pride is understood as a multifaceted celebration of one's authentic self, love, and community, evolving in meaning with life experiences.The anticipation for Pride month injects the episode with hope, reflecting a time for increased visibility and celebration of LGBTQIA diversity.The episode promises compelling content for the upcoming season, beginning with the Pride extravaganza featuring prominent voices such as Rosie O'Donnell.Guests articulate the importance of advocating for rights, embracing individual truth, and fostering environments where families of all configurations thrive.There is an emphasis on building a future where the next generation of LGBTQIA individuals feel proud and supported in their identities.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈"Pride, to me is knowing my truth. Knowing it and believing in it and not backing down, no matter what." Jaimie🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Queer midwife Mara Goodman's virtual community: Pregnant Together🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jaimie sits down with Shawndeez, a non-binary trans dad who shares their journey towards self-discovery and parenthood. Seandeez discusses the challenges they faced as a queer and trans individual, their decision to pursue IVF and egg retrieval, and the importance of unconditional love in the parent-child relationship. Seandeez also talks about their work supporting parents of trans children and the need for compassionate guidance in navigating the complexities of gender identity. Tune in for an inspiring and heartfelt conversation.Stay tuned for more enlightening discussions that challenge conventional narratives and celebrate the beautiful diversity of queer families.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠ (code QUEERFAM), ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Shawndeez's journey of self-discovery highlights the complexities of growing up queer and trans in a conservative environment and the subsequent path to embracing their true identity.The decision to pursue reciprocal IVF, where Shawndeez provided the egg and their partner carried the pregnancy, underlines the diverse ways queer families can come about.Shawndeez emphasizes the importance of having supportive medical professionals and a spiritually-driven mindset during their transition and fertility process.Discussions about the emotional work that comes with navigating a trans child's experience, particularly for cisgender and heterosexual parents, underscore the need for understanding and open communication within families.Shawndeez's current work focuses on helping parents of trans children embrace and understand their child's identity, advocating for compassion and unconditional love.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈"The beauty of being queer and the beauty of having the queer and trans consciousness is we have this literacy, we have this emotional capacity. We have the space to have these types of conversations.” Shawndeez"I watched my mother...watched her learn and choose love. That was absolutely massive for me in my own queer consciousness." Shawndeez"It's a beautiful thing...life is really wildly beautiful on the other side." Shawndeez🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈Shawndeez is a non-binary trans person with an impressive academic background and a passionate commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community. With a PhD in Gender Studies from UCLA, Shawndeez is not only thoroughly literate in topics surrounding gender and sexuality but also applies this knowledge to real-world contexts. As a transparent who has navigated personal and social transformations, Shawndeez now dedicates a significant portion of their work to supporting parents of trans children, helping to bridge gaps in understanding and fostering love and acceptance within families.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Queer midwife Mara Goodman's virtual community: Pregnant TogetherShawndeez on Instagram- @drshawndeezShawndeez’s website: https://www.shawndeez.com/🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Tish's and Arlesia's accidental journey to parenthood brings uncharted waters into the traditional queer family narrative. After a rocky period in their relationship, Tish became pregnant with their son, Ethan, after a one-night stand. Despite the challenges, they decided to stay together and focus on raising their child. Now, as Ethan grows older, they are facing new transitions and learning to prioritize their own growth as individuals and as a couple. This episode highlights the importance of communication, honesty, and resilience in queer family building. It also emphasizes the need for appreciation, constant connection, and showing up for each other in a relationship.Stay tuned for more enlightening discussions that challenge conventional narratives and celebrate the beautiful diversity of queer families.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠ (code QUEERFAM), ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Tish and Arlesia's relationship began in college and has endured many trials, emphasizing the strength and resilience of queer relationships.The couple had a serendipitous journey to parenthood, which included unexpected turns but led to their son Ethan, who they both cherish deeply.Transparency and growth have been central themes in their relationship, showcasing the importance of honesty and appreciation in a partnership.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈"This is all that matters. Nothing else matters. He is the most important thing.”"If you love that person enough, you have to show up as your true self every single day.""Grab the tea, girl. We're going on a journey."🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Queer midwife Mara Goodman's virtual community: Pregnant TogetherTish and Arlesia on Instagram @meetthewhitakers🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Victoria Vega, a yoga instructor and doula, shares her journey into birth work and the importance of addressing generational trauma. As a lesbian, Victoria discusses her decision not to have children but expresses a desire to experience childbirth as a surrogate, highlighting that the desire to carry and the desire to parent can exist independently. This perspective adds a refreshing dimension to the broader narrative about what constitutes a queer family. She emphasizes the significance of chosen family and the support she provides to BIPOC and queer communities. Victoria's work focuses on helping individuals navigate their fears and traumas surrounding pregnancy and birth.Stay tuned for more enlightening discussions that challenge conventional narratives and celebrate the beautiful diversity of queer families.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠ (code QUEERFAM), ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Victoria Vega's journey into birth work was heavily influenced by family history and an understanding of how trauma is inherited and manifested across generations.Epigenetics plays a significant role in birth work, as Victoria discusses the impact of generational trauma on her approach to doula services.The desire to experience childbirth and the desire to become a parent can be separate and independent, which Victoria embodies through her decision not to parent but to potentially become a surrogate.Surrogacy is presented as a valid and honored choice in the LGBTQIA community, with Victoria advocating for an inclusive and diverse representation of family structures.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈“I would actually love to be a surrogate... I would love to experience the miracle of birth and just going through, like, the way our bodies are just magic." Victoria"It takes a village to create our families." Victoria"We make our own families." Victoria🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Victoria Vega is a yoga teacher, meditation facilitator, and full-spectrum doula with a deep commitment to the BIPOC and queer communities.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Queer midwife Mara Goodman's virtual community: Pregnant TogetherVictoria Vega's Instagram: @vgv.doula_do_yogaSt. Mark's Yoga Classes: https://www.stmarksyoga.com/Bridge Directory for Wellness Support: https://thebridgedirectory.com/Victoria's Website: vgvdoulayoga.com🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Grier and her wife Alana created their family through surrogacy after fertility treatments wreaked havoc on Grier’s mental health and it became clear that carrying a child in either one of their wombs was not an option. She discusses the challenges and shame that can come with not being able to conceive and the importance of breaking down taboos surrounding different ways of creating a family. The conversation also touches on the non-biological connection in queer families, the decision to use an anonymous sperm donor, and the complexities of navigating societal expectations and assumptions. This conversation emphasizes the importance of normalizing different paths to parenthood and supporting individuals in making the best choices for their own well-being. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠, My Donor Story, ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Breaking down taboos surrounding different ways of creating a family is importantThe non-biological connection in queer families can be a complex and nuanced topicChoosing an anonymous sperm donor can alleviate concerns about emotional attachmentNavigating societal expectations and assumptions can be challenging for queer parents Surrogacy can be a valid and empowering choice for individuals who do not want to carry their own child.Mental health should be prioritized when making decisions about family planning.It is important to normalize and support different paths to parenthood.Open and honest conversations about difficult topics can provide support and validation for others going through similar experiences.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈“She didn't want to carry. It was as simple as that.” Grier"I wanted to be the best mother possible. And for me to do that I needed to spend the next year getting my mental health back." Grier"Talk about hard things with your friends.” Grier🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈Grier, formerly a model agent, opens up about her struggles with mental health, the pressures of societal norms, and the complex decision to pursue surrogacy. She and her wife Alana navigated the challenging waters of creating a family as a queer couple, ultimately choosing a path that ensured their well-being and the love they could share with their child.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Queer midwife Mara Goodman's virtual community: Pregnant TogetherGrowing Generations: www.growinggenerations.comKim Brown's interview episode: “Finding A Surrogate” from season 2 of the former "If These Ovaries Could Talk" podcast, now known as the Queer Family Podcast.🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Lacey, a former Mormon and lesbian mom, shares her journey of coming out and building her family with her wife, Gabby. They unexpectedly conceived their first child through at-home insemination and later decided to have more children. After struggling with infertility, they turned to fertility treatments and ended up having triplets. Amidst the joy of their growing family, their oldest child, Jonah, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Lacey recounts the challenges they have faced and the strength and newfound faith they have found as a family navigating this journey together.Join us for this truly moving episode, which not only celebrates the uniqueness of LGBTQIA families but also highlights the universal aspects of parenting under extraordinary circumstances. Tune in to hear Lacey's full story, and don't forget to subscribe for more inspiring and thought-provoking content that celebrates families in all their diverse beauty.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠, My Donor Story, ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Lacey's upbringing in a conservative Mormon family and her subsequent journey to embracing her identity as a lesbian woman.The surprising and unanticipated conception of triplets, adding to the excitement and complexities of parenting.An intimate look into the hardships and emotional turmoil following her oldest child's cancer diagnosis.Discussion on faith and coping mechanisms in the face of adversity, challenging the idea of divine intervention.The importance of fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for children in queer families.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈"I tried really hard to fit the mold." Lacey“We had four kids in the hospital at one time." Lacey🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Lacey is a former Mormon and a lesbian mom who, alongside her wife Gabby, has faced significant life challenges. With a deep love for her family, Lacey navigates the complexities of raising four children, one of whom is courageously battling cancer. Her family's journey is a testament to their strength and resilience, with values that emphasize love, acceptance, and the beauty of being true to oneself, regardless of the circumstances.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Queer midwife Mara Goodman's virtual community: Pregnant Together🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Corey Allen, a former Secret Service agent and current future dad on a surrogacy journey shares his experience of leading a double life while working in law enforcement and the challenges he faced as a gay man. He also discusses his surrogacy journey, including the setbacks and the decision to use two surrogates. Corey highlights the financial and legal obstacles that LGBTQ+ families often encounter and the importance of sharing stories to create awareness and promote change. Tune in for an inspiring and informative conversation.This is an essential listen for anyone in the LGBTQIA community considering family life, as well as for allies seeking understanding and connection. Stay tuned for more enlightening content from the Queer Family podcast that celebrates, uplifts, and normalizes diverse family narratives.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠, My Donor Story, ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Corey Allen shares his experience of living a double life as a closeted Secret Service agent, the eventual coming out, and his personal journey to find love and start a family. Corey and his fiance Johnny's path to parenthood includes navigating the surrogacy journey with its emotional, financial, and logistical challenges.The importance of genetic connection in surrogacy decisions is discussed, as is the strategic choice to use both partners' DNA with the same egg donor.There is an emphasis on the legal complexities and discrimination against LGBTQIA+ families in the surrogacy process, including the lack of insurance coverage and the necessity for second-parent adoption.Corey's advocacy work and his book "Breaking Free" spotlight the need for broader awareness and support for queer families.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈"There were red flags that our agency didn't pick up on, or they should have." - Cory🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈Corey Allen is a former Secret Service agent with a compelling story to share about his life and experiences. He has served in law enforcement as a police officer and has provided protection for high-profile figures including the Obamas. Corey has also authored the book "Breaking Free," where he shares his saga of self-discovery as a gay Secret Service agent. Currently, he's an advocate for LGBTQIA+ family building.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: CoryAllenBooks.com https://www.coryallenbooks.com/Instagram, Facebook🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Host Jaimie sits down with Megan, Taylor, and Jessica, three married lesbian non-bio moms fighting for legal recognition of their parental rights in Louisiana. They discuss the challenges they're facing in the legal system, the archaic "presumption of paternity" civil code 185 being used against them, and the impact it has on their families. The guests share their personal experiences and the uncertainty they face as non-biological parents. They also highlight the importance of second-parent adoption and the need for better legislation to protect LGBTQ+ families.This is an essential listen for anyone in the LGBTQIA community considering family life, as well as for allies seeking understanding and connection. Stay tuned for more enlightening content from the Queer Family podcast that celebrates, uplifts, and normalizes diverse family narratives.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠, My Donor Story, ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 The judge in their cases used civil code 185 which does not recognize same-sex marriages and denies them the right to second-parent adoption.The cases are on hold, leaving the families in a state of limbo and uncertainty.The judge's decision is not binding in other courts, which means their rights could be challenged in the future.LGBTQ+ families in Louisiana face unique challenges due to the lack of clear and concise language in the state's laws.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈We're never going to be able to get rid of all the bigots of the world, but we can change the system if we are a part of the system." - Taylor"Louisiana just repeatedly keeps telling me, well, you're not mother enough." Meghan“We have to sign on the father line on the birth certificate, just to add to it, add a kick in the gut.” - Jessica🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈Megan, Taylor and Jessica are residents of Louisiana and members of the LGBTQ+ community. They are advocates for LGBTQ+ rights. Meghan founded NELA Pride, an organization that aims to improve and enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in Northeast Louisiana.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: NELA Pride - Northeast Louisiana Pride: Website🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Host Jaimie sits down with Kay Anderson, host of the Lost Spaces podcast, for a candid discussion about the complexities of queer family planning, nature vs nurture, and the individual choice to have children. The conversational journey offers a deep dive into not only Kay's personal musings regarding family and parenting but also the diverse ways queer individuals approach these life choices. The episode is rich with exploration of various family-building options such as surrogacy, adoption, fostering, and the roles that genetics and environment play in shaping familial relationships.This is an essential listen for anyone in the LGBTQIA community considering family life, as well as for allies seeking understanding and connection. Stay tuned for more enlightening content from the Queer Family podcast that celebrates, uplifts, and normalizes diverse family narratives.🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 K Anderson discusses his journey of self-discovery and his cautious attitude toward starting a family, highlighting the societal preconceptions and personal reservations that influence such decisions.A detailed exploration of the different paths queer individuals can take to create families, including the emotional and practical considerations that each option entails.Jaimie shares insights from her own queer family experience, touching on the unique challenges and joys of having one biological child and one non-biological child.The importance of considering nurture over nature and how parental influence extends beyond genetic connections.An open invitation for listeners to share their own experiences and views on family dynamics and the nature vs nurture debate within the context of the LGBTQIA community.🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈"I think that this is a really important conversation to have, because not everybody out there wants to be a parent. And it is not the end all, be all to have a family. That is not the goal of life for everyone.” Jaimie"How many of our choices are our choices and how many of our choices are just what we're preprogrammed to make?" K Anderson"It warms my heart that they still both will go to both of us." Jaimie on the non-biological bond with her children"Am I just terrified of making a decision?" K Anderson, discussing the prospect of becoming a foster parent🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈K Anderson is the creator and host of the Lost Spaces podcast, which nostalgically dives into the lost queer venues and spaces that were once integral parts of many LGBTQIA individuals' youth. The podcast is not only about the queer spaces themselves but also explores the significant personal memories and experiences of those who frequented them. With a passion for storytelling and uncovering the forgotten chapters of queer culture, Kay brings a reflective exploration of what these spaces meant for personal growth and communal identity.🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Podcast: Lost Spaces K Anderson's Social Media: @lostspacespod on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month!🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠.🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato.🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠websiteAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
S15 EP9 l Host Jamie sits down with Courtney, Whitney, and their dad Glenn to discuss their unique family story. Glenn came out as gay after 33 years of marriage, and his daughters were in their 20s at the time. The conversation delves into the challenges Glenn faced in coming to terms with his sexuality and the impact it had on his family. The episode highlights the power of acceptance and the transformative change that can come from embracing one's true self. They also discuss the importance of telling these stories to create a more accepting world. Keep your ears tuned for more episodes from the Queer Family podcast, where love is celebrated in all its forms. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠,  ⁠⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *Glenn's coming out as a gay man led to a profound transformation within the family, fostering greater acceptance and openness amidst challenges. *The episode addresses the importance of representation and the impact it can have on an individual's journey to self-acceptance. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *"I think our parents getting a divorce, our dad coming out is the best thing that ever happened to our family." - Courtney *"I have this amazing life. I have these girls that I absolutely adore and my granddaughters that are beyond precious to me." - Glenn *"I truly believe the universe has provided us with all of these gifts that have led us to where we are today." - Whitney 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 *Courtney and Whitney Ashley are sisters who host the podcast, “Hey Sis, Eat This," where they explore family relationships through the lens of food and dinner table conversations. *Glenn Ashley is a former advertising agency Creative Director and commercial film director. He studied art and design at The University of Texas 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  *Courtney and Whitney's podcast, "Hey Sis, Eat This," can be found on various platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRadio. *Glenn's artwork can be viewed and pursued on his website, glennashleyart.com. 🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠⁠for as low as $2/month! 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠IG⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠FB⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠⁠/⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast 🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠⁠, ⁠⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠⁠. 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato. 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠⁠website Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode of the Queer Family Podcast, host Jamie sits down with Miles Borrero, a trans queer yoga teacher and author of the memoir "Beautiful Monster: A Becoming." Miles shares their journey of self-discovery and transition, discussing the labels and identities they have explored along the way. They also delve into their experience as a bonus parent to teenagers and the importance of representation in queer families. Tune in for an inspiring conversation about embracing change, finding love, and redefining what it means to be a family. Tune in for a poignant exploration of identity, transformation, and belonging that speaks to us all. Subscribe to The Queer Family Podcast Stay tuned for more enlightening content exploring the diverse tapestries of queer families. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to Pregnant Together,  ⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *The queer community's stories are essential for representation and can act as life-saving narratives for those who feel unseen. *Familial transitions, such as a parent's death or one's own gender transition, can deepen connections when met with love and understanding. *Language plays a pivotal role in identity, but it also has limitations; the nuances of self-identity often transcend simplistic labels. *The formation of queer families often involves non-conventional paths that challenge and enrich traditional notions of kinship. *The involvement of a non-binary or transgender parent can add a unique layer of support and representation within a family unit. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *”You cannot have too many queer stories. You cannot have too many trans stories. They're all so essential." - Miles *”What we have in common is much wider and much more interesting than what makes us different." - Miles *”I’ve lived as a girl, as a boy, as something in between." - Miles 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Miles Borrero is a trans, queer yoga teacher based in New York City. They are also a writer, artist, and storyteller. Miles has a diverse background, having lived in Brazil, Colombia during the Pablo Escobar years, and various parts of the United States. They began their gender transition around the age of 40 and have shared their experience of identity, family, and belonging through various mediums 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  *Miles Borrero's website: milesyoga.com where you can buy their book "Beautiful Monster: A Becoming"  🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠for as low as $2/month! 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠ ⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠ ⁠⁠IG⁠⁠/⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠/⁠⁠FB⁠⁠/⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠/⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast 🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠, ⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠. 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato. 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠website Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Haley King is a donor-conceived gay mom who ALSO used donor conception to start her own family. Haley shares her journey of discovering her donor-conceived status at the age of 30 and how the challenges she faced in finding information and support led her to become an advocate for donor-conceived people and families. She and Jaimie delve into the importance of open communication, navigating relationships with donor siblings, the impact of modern technology on anonymity, and the nuanced feelings of being a non-bio parent. Subscribe to The Queer Family Podcast Stay tuned for more enlightening content exploring the diverse tapestries of queer families. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to Pregnant Together,  ⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *Haley King was one of the first IVF babies and later found out she was conceived using donor sperm, leading her to become an advocate for donor-conceived individuals. *The importance of choosing an open ID donor and ensuring that children have access to their biological origins is highlighted. *Haley discusses the nuances of being a non-bio, non-gestational parent and the reassurances that family bonds extend beyond genetics. *The podcast delves into the evolving challenges surrounding anonymity, the impact of modern technology on donor conception, and the complications arising from donor siblings connections. *Perspectives on parenting and donor conception can differ significantly between the queer and non-queer communities, underlining the need for continuous dialogue and support. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *”I’m very proud to be donor conceived... it would have been an absolute travesty if [my dad] couldn't have been a parent. He is wonderful." Hayley *”No one donor conceived person will feel the same... listen to lots of different sort of perspectives." Hayley *”Anonymity is very difficult to keep... They've got adult photos of donors... parents are sticking them into Google image searches and finding people across the Internet." Hayley 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Haley King is a pioneering voice and advocate within the queer and donor-conceived communities. As someone who discovered their donor conception status as an adult, Haley offers a unique and multifaceted perspective. She is the Director of Operations at Paths to Parenthub, an online support platform dedicated to assisting parents via donor conception. Combining her personal experiences with professional expertise, Haley provides counsel and creates resources to normalize and support donor-conceived families through her website and social media channels. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  *Hayley’s Website *Hayley’s Instagram *Paths to Parenthub 🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠for as low as $2/month! 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠ ⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠ ⁠⁠IG⁠⁠/⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠/⁠⁠FB⁠⁠/⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠/⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast 🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠, ⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠. 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato. 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠website⁠ Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Jennifer and Vanessa are in the middle of creating a family as a lesbian couple, yet Vanessa's recent hysterectomy and Jennifer's epilepsy add intricate layers of complexity to their journey. Faced with legal uncertainties surrounding adoption as an LGBTQIA+ couple, they shifted towards using donor sperm at a bank, only to confront profound societal biases and systemic hurdles in the fertility industry. The conversation delves deep into these challenges, fostering an argument for true inclusion in family planning, irrespective of disability or sexual orientation. Their narrative serves as a compelling call to action, advocating for the fundamental right of ALL individuals to embrace parenthood on their own terms. Don't miss out on the full episode to hear Jennifer and Vanessa's compelling narrative that emphasizes love, choice, and the pursuit of a family that defies traditional boundaries. Subscribe to The Queer Family Podcast for more enlightening content exploring the diverse tapestries of queer families. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to Pregnant Together,  ⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *Jennifer and Vanessa challenge the concept of ruling out potential sperm donors based on medical history, advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities to become parents. *They stress the importance of having more choices in donor selection to reflect broader human experiences and conditions, including those of the disabled community. *Issues with the fertility industry highlight the significant underrepresentation and medical challenges that come with queerness and disability. *The couple underscores the struggle with decision-making due to the vast amount of choices and stress the importance of ultimately following their hearts. *Their story is a call to action for more inclusive practices within family-building processes and the broader acknowledgment of queer parents. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *”I wanted to make the point that not everybody wants to weed out certain genetics, and who are the banks or the powers in charge to say which donors get through versus which donors don't?" Jennifer and Vanessa *”To hear somebody say you shouldn't choose a donor based on their medical history sounds to us like, well, then you're not qualified to be parents because of your medical history." Jennifer and Vanessa *”I think just saying because you have a genetic predisposition for something doesn't mean that you should not have the opportunity to contribute your genetic material." Jennifer and Vanessa *”As queer people, we're a marginalized group that's been overlooked... It's just up to the individuals building a family to make those decisions for themselves and their families." Jennifer and Vanessa *”We do have a concern that's like, well, what if we have an Id donor and our kid turns 18 and they can meet their donor? We don't know if that person is going to be homophobic." Jennifer and Vanessa 🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠for as low as $2/month! 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠ ⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠ ⁠⁠IG⁠⁠/⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠/⁠⁠FB⁠⁠/⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠/⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast 🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠, ⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠. 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato. 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠website⁠ Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Host Jaimie sits down with Tom Tracy, an award-winning author and proud gay dad, to explore his inspiring journey to parenthood through adoption. Together, they delve into the joys and challenges of raising children, drawing from Tom's experiences that have inspired his acclaimed book series, Scoochie and Skiddles. Tom's work aims to normalize LGBTQIA+ families by portraying them in everyday life, showcasing the ordinary yet extraordinary moments. The episode emphasizes the importance of representation in media and literature, offering a heartfelt discussion on the significance of diversity and inclusion. Plus, don't miss a special guest appearance by Jaimie's 10-year-old daughter, Rose, as they discuss the importance of starting conversations about origin stories early on. Subscribe to The Queer Family Podcast for more episodes that celebrate and normalize the diverse spectrum of family experiences within the LGBTQiA+ community. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to Pregnant Together,  ⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *Tom Tracy's family-building journey through adoption defied common narratives of complications in LGBTQIA+ adoption, offering an unexpectedly smooth experience. *His children's books aim to normalize queer families by portraying them in familiar, everyday scenarios. *Tom shares an emotionally charged, authentic moment when his daughter proudly explained her adoption story to a new friend, illustrating the importance of open discussions about family diversity with children. *The "drop the seed theory" is mentioned, highlighting the importance of talking to children about their origin stories from a young age, planting informative seeds for later understanding. *The episode underlines the significance of representation in children's literature and the need for more stories that include diverse family structures. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "The stories are incidentally gay... This is really a story about a family." Tom 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Tom Tracy is a dedicated father, author, and social worker. His book series, Scoochie and Skittles, is inspired by his family's adventures and aims to normalize LGBTQIA+ families by showcasing them in everyday life. He is also a passionate advocate for the queer community and gives voice to underrepresented families through his literature, earning several book awards for his work. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  *tomtracybooks.com , scoochieandskittles.com *Find Tom on  Facebook and Instagram. 🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠for as low as $2/month! 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠ ⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠ ⁠⁠IG⁠⁠/⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠/⁠⁠FB⁠⁠/⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠/⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast 🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠, ⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠. 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato. 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠website⁠ 🎙️ Episode Chapters: 0:00:00 Introduction and sponsorship message from Pregnant Together 0:03:07 Importance of normalizing LGBTQ+ families and discussing origin stories 0:08:57 Interviewing Tom Tracy about his book series and mission to normalize LGBTQ+ families 0:13:12 Jaimie and Tom discuss the importance of telling LGBTQIA+ family stories and normalizing them 0:17:06 Tom shares how his own family inspired him to write children's books that reflect families like his own 0:20:48 Tom explains their decision to pursue private domestic adoption instead of surrogacy, and their intention to support a child who needed a family Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
l S15 EP4 l Heidi and Trine, lactation consultants and friends, join host Jaimie to discuss feeding babies in the queer community. They explore induced lactation, chest feeding, and inclusive feeding practices. Sharing their own queer journeys, they provide valuable insights into the challenges and possibilities of feeding babies in the queer community. They emphasize the importance of seeking help and finding the right lactation consultant. Don't miss this informative and inclusive conversation. Subscribe to The Queer Family Podcast for more episodes that celebrate and normalize the diverse spectrum of family experiences within the LGBTQiA+ community. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to  ⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  Diverse Family Feeding: Insight into lactation consultancy for LGBTQIA+ families, including chest feeding and induced lactation. Personal Journeys: Heidi and Trina share their coming-out narratives and their paths to becoming lactation consultants. Heidi candidly shares her emotional journey through stillbirth, underscoring the importance of milk management after loss—an area often uncharted in lactation support. D-MER Awareness: Bringing attention to dysphoric milk ejection reflex, offering solace to those who may be affected during their lactation journey. Feeding Preparedness: Stressing the importance of early consultation to set realistic expectations and better prepare for potential challenges in breastfeeding. Insurance Coverage: The revelation that lactation consultancy services may often be covered by insurance, making them more accessible to a wider audience. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "Feeding your baby at breast or at chest is natural and normal, but so is walking; you're going to have to practice." - Trine " Parenthood isn't meant to be done alone. Reach out to your community." - Heidi 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Heidi Kim and Trine Bradshaw are both seasoned lactation consultants and work together at their agency, Breast for Baby. They specialize in a gamut of feeding methods and techniques, from traditional breastfeeding or chestfeeding to induced lactation and milk management, catering to a diverse array of family structures, including LGBTQIA+ families. With their own queer stories, Heidi and Trine bring not only expertise to the table but also rich, personal experiences that shape their inclusive practice. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  Breast for Baby: Heidi and Trina work together as lactation consultants at Breast for Baby. **Mention the Queer Family Podcast in your intake form, for a discount! Newman-Goldfarb Protocol: A commonly referenced guide for induced lactation. Breastfeeding Outside the Box Podcast: Recommended for further insights into non-traditional breastfeeding scenarios. Breast for Baby on Social Media: Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @breastforbaby. 🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠for as low as $2/month! 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠ ⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠ ⁠⁠IG⁠⁠/⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠/⁠⁠FB⁠⁠/⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠/⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast 🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠, ⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠. 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato. 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠website⁠ Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
l S15 EP3 l Wendy Cole transitioned genders at the age of 67, even though she was convinced from the age of 5 that her “male facsimile” was not her true authentic self. A life of suppression and maintaining a heteronormative identity took a tremendous toll on her well-being, and caused strained relationships within her family, leading to a powerful transformation later in life. Now, finally living her truth, she works as a transition coach for anyone going through a difficult life transition. Wendy's story is a powerful reminder that it's never too late to be your true authentic self. Moreover, it underscores the crucial importance of acceptance and inclusion in our society. “Let my life be an example of what not to do.” Wendy Subscribe to The Queer Family Podcast for more episodes that celebrate and normalize the diverse spectrum of family experiences within the LGBTQiA+ community. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to  ⁠⁠Our Shelves⁠⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *It's never too late to embrace your authentic self, as evidenced by Wendy who transitioned at 67, demonstrating the power of resilience and hope. *Gender identity is more about self-perception and one's internal understanding rather than physical attributes; it is what is "between the ears," as Wendy puts it. *Society often imposes repressive norms that make it difficult for individuals to express their true gender identity, leading to long-standing emotional and mental health challenges. *Accepting major life transitions often require rewriting internal narratives, fostering self-awareness, and creating supportive environments, a concept Wendy now passionately shares through her work. *Families of transgender individuals can benefit from understanding and support, recognizing that their loved one's journey to authenticity doesn't diminish the person they've always been. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  *Wendy Cole's professional website for coaching and transition mentorship: meetwendycole.com 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *"I knew at age three there was something very different about me." Wendy *” Gender is between your ears, not between your legs." Wendy *” It's less about transitioning and more about correcting a condition you're born with so you can be who you've always been." Wendy *” I’m just being for the first time after 67 years." Wendy *” All life changes begin and are between your ears. 80% between your ears." Wendy 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Wendy Cole is a transition coach, a role she embodies to assist others in navigating complex life challenges, drawing from her own profound personal journey. With her firsthand experience, Wendy serves as a beacon of hope and resilience, proving that it's never too late to redefine one's life and embrace authenticity. 🏳️‍🌈If you like the episode, make sure to leave us a review and support The Queer Family Podcast on⁠⁠ Patreon ⁠⁠for as low as $2/month! 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! Call us: 646-470-1840 ⁠⁠thequeerfamilypodcast.com⁠⁠ ⁠thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com⁠⁠ ⁠⁠IG⁠⁠/⁠⁠Twitter⁠⁠/⁠⁠FB⁠⁠/⁠⁠TikTok⁠⁠/⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠: @thequeerfamilypodcast 🏳️‍🌈Watch Video Episodes right now on ⁠⁠YouTube⁠⁠ and on ⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book based on this podcast on ⁠⁠Amazon⁠⁠, ⁠⁠IndieBound⁠⁠, ⁠⁠Audible⁠⁠. 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: ⁠⁠Tiffany Topol⁠⁠\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato. 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch ⁠⁠here.⁠⁠ 🏳️‍🌈For a full transcript of this episode and more info about the host visit our ⁠⁠website⁠ Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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