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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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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
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
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
l S15 EP2 l Jaimie sits down with Roberto Concepción to chat about his journey to solo parenthood as a gay dad through surrogacy. After his daughter’s birth, he noticed a severe gap in representation for families like his, and so, in true badass style, he decided to change that. He wrote and self-published a children's book called "More Than a Crown" to show his daughter a family like hers in the pages. It's all about embracing different family setups and encouraging kids to shake up old-school expectations. Jaimie ropes in her non-queer bud, Shephathia, to help kick the episode and dive into the main theme. Together, they stress the importance of addressing "stigmatized" issues, such as Shephathia's experience with her child on the autism spectrum. The conversation highlights the need for diverse and inclusive storytelling and the normalization that occurs from empowering individuals and families from all walks of life. 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:🏳️‍🌈 *Roberto Concepción is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a proud single gay dad who became a parent through surrogacy.*The episode delves into the importance of representation for children, signifying the need for inclusive and empowering books.*”More Than a Crown," Roberto's children's book, challenges traditional narratives and promotes female empowerment across diverse cultures and family structures. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: *Roberto Concepción's Instagram for the book: @morethanacrownbook *Purchase "More Than a Crown" on Amazon Prime 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈*” Less than 2% of children's books are written by someone that's Latinx and similarly, less than 2% of children's books have LGBTQIA plus representation.” Roberto  *”I hope that this book is one small step in really making sure that the stories we're reading are by us, and for us." Roberto 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈*Roberto Concepción is an in-house employment attorney, children’s book author, and father, whose life is rooted in advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion. *Shephathiah Townsend is a mother, an advocate, an ally, and an all-around badass whom Jaimie adores.  🏳️‍🌈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
It’s the Season 15 premiere, y’all! Jaimie is joined by the one and only Mama Sue to introduce this fantastic episode with special guests, MyLin and SK Stokes Kennedy. These trailblazing influencers share their journey as a queer black family, including challenges and triumphs with family acceptance, co-parenting in a blended family, using the tried and true “turkey baster🤪” method with a known donor, and navigating parenthood with a child on the autism spectrum. The episode highlights the importance of representation and the power of love in creating a beautiful blended family. Tune in to hear their inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and embracing the undeniable strength that comes from forging one's own path in the face of adversity.  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:🏳️‍🌈  *MyLin and SK met during a time when both were wrestling with their queer identities in the context of religion and family expectations. *The couple experienced challenges in their journey, including confronting unsupportive family members and navigating difficulties around having children. *They emphasize the importance of representation for black queer love and families on their social media platforms, offering guidance and a sense of community to others. *MyLin and SK candidly discuss parenting a child on the autism spectrum and the unique experiences it brings to their family life. *The couple maintains a strong, private relationship with their known donor, keeping this aspect of their lives discreet even among close friends and family. *MyLin and SK Stokes Kennedy are an inspirational couple who stand as a beacon of representation for LGBTQiA+ families. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  *MyLin and SK Stokes Kennedy's Instagram: @StokesKennedy *MyLin and SK Stokes Kennedy's TikTok: @StokesKennedy *MyLin and SK Stokes Kennedy on YouTube *”Being loud about being black and queer is already one thing, but when you add parenthood to it, it really shakes the table for a lot of people.” SK *”This show has been around six years... This is huge." - Jaimie, highlighting the significance of the podcast's impact and longevity. *”Representation matters. That's what you have taught me so well." - Mama Sue to Jaimie, emphasizing the importance of representation for the LGBTQiA+ community. 🏳️‍🌈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 Highlights: 0:00:00 Introduction to the Queer Family podcast 0:01:07 Special guest co-host, Mama Sue, introduced 0:14:00 Introduction to the interview with MyLin and SK Stokes Kennedy 0:17:00 MyLin had a two-year-old child from a previous relationship. 0:21:27 Dealing with family disapproval 0:28:51 The challenges of blending their families 0:34:28 The couple found a known donor who was willing to help them conceive. 0:44:16 MyLin and SK discuss parenting a child on the spectrum. 0:50:04 The impact of being a black and queer family 0:53:05 Reuniting with MyLin's father 0:57:03 Wrapping up and thanking the guests
l BONUS l Jaimie has some exciting news to share y’all! You can now watch video episodes on Spotify!  A brief introduction to The Queer Family Podcast and Jaimie’s personal journey of building a family as a gay mom. She talks about her experience with infertility and the lack of representation for LGBTQIA+ families in the fertility space. Jaimie also announces that the podcast is now available in video format on Spotify and encourages listeners to watch the episodes there. She concludes by promoting California Cryobank, the sponsor of the season, and invites listeners to share their own family stories. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠California Cryobank⁠ (code QUEERFAM),  ⁠Our Shelves⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠Patreon⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠here.⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *Jaimie started the Queer Family podcast to shine a spotlight on and normalize LGBTQIA+ families. *The podcast features interviews with different individuals, couples, and families about their family-building journeys. *Jaimie’s personal journey involved fertility treatments and a long struggle with unexplained infertility. *LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples often get excluded from conversations about fertility benefits and insurance. *Great news – the podcast is now available in video format on Spotify, so you can watch the episodes. *Our season sponsor, California Cryobank, offers a diverse selection of sperm donors for LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *”This show needed to happen. It is six years old as we speak, and there is not a shortage of folks who want to come on here and tell their beautiful, beautiful stories." - Jaimie *”I tried my best to shed a little light on [the lack of inclusion for LGBTQIA+ folks in fertility benefits], and I hope you do enjoy that episode." - Jaimie *”Go make those babies, y'all. And then come tell me about it. Go make them. Go ahead. Love is love." - Jaimie 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 *Hey there, I'm Jaimie, the host of The Queer Family Podcast, and I'm a proud gay mom of two awesome kids. My wife, Anne, and I went on quite a journey to build our family. That’s why The Queer Family Podcast exists. It’s a show all about sharing and celebrating LGBTQIA+ family stories. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: *Listen to ⁠This Is Infertility⁠ 🏳️‍🌈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
Jaimie is joined by her wife, Anne in this bonus episode. Tune in for a heartwarming and sometimes hilarious foray into the daily life of a queer family managing sickness, parenting challenges, and the tenacity of a ten-year-old with big dreams. Jamie also gives a sneak peek of the upcoming season, featuring interviews with LGBTQIA+ families, including gay dads, gay moms, trans parents, and families navigating tragic situations. Jamie also recommends the "My Donor Story" book series for donor-conceived families. Tune in for a fun and informative episode before the new season begins. Stay tuned for more episodes of the Queer Family Podcast and immerse yourself in more enlightening and affirming content. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to  ⁠Our Shelves⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠Patreon⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠here.⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *Upcoming season 15 of the Queer Family Podcast promises a range of inspiring stories across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. *A new chore chart is introduced into their home, encouraging their daughter to earn an allowance through responsibility. *Jamie recommends the 'My Donor Story' book series, valuing its inclusivity and representation for donor-conceived children. *The episode underscores the importance of resource-sharing and storytelling within the queer family community. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  *My Donor Story' book series by ⁠Sharon Leya⁠, available on ⁠Amazon⁠. *Instagram page for 'My Donor Story': ⁠@mydonorstory⁠ *Website for 'My Donor Story': ⁠www.mydonorstory.com 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *We need more representation and our children need to be able to see themselves." - Jamie, about the 'My Donor Story' books. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 *Anne Patricia Woods is the featured guest on this episode of the Queer Family Podcast. Anne is the wife of the host, Jaimie. Her presence brings a personal and authentic perspective to the conversation. The couple shares their experiences and stories with listeners, including dealing with COVID-19 in their household and their strategies for parenting their ten-year-old child. 🏳️‍🌈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 Highlights: *0:00:00 Introduction to the Queer Family podcast *0:00:51 Special guest introduction: Anne Patricia Woods *0:01:21 Anne's restlessness due to having Covid *0:03:19 Preview of upcoming episodes for season 15 *0:07:00 Discussion about the show's longevity and 6-year anniversary *0:08:08 Parenting challenges with their daughter's travel plans *0:09:35 Introduction of a new chore system in the household *0:10:06 Speculation on how long the new chore system will last *0:11:07 Jamie recommends a book series for queer parents with donor-conceived kids *0:12:56 Jamie provides information about the author and where to find the books *0:13:28 Jamie mentions an Instagram page and website as additional resource *0:14:05 Jamie promotes the video version of the podcast on Spotify *0:14:49 Jamie encourages listeners to support the show on Patreon *0:15:32 Jamie concludes the episode and thanks listeners
Host Jaimie Kelton is interviewed by Gavin and David from the “Gaytriarchs” podcast in this bonus episode of The Queer Family Podcast. They discuss the challenges and joys of parenting as queer individuals, including Jaimie's personal journey to motherhood as a lesbian mom. They touch on the stereotypes that can come with being a gay dad or lesbian mom and the complexities of raising a son. Jaimie also shares her frustrations with PR agents trying to exploit her audience for free advertising. Tune in for a fun and insightful conversation about queer parenting and the unique experiences that come with it. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠California Cryobank⁠ (code QUEERFAM),  ⁠Our Shelves⁠ (code QUEERFAM) and our ⁠Patreon⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠here.⁠ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  *Jaimie Kelton's commitment to storytelling and representation sheds light on the unique experiences of LGBTQIA+ families. *The struggle for finding genuine sponsorships highlights the broader challenges facing queer content creators. *Gender dynamics within queer families are a focal point, addressed with both humor and acuity. *Personal anecdotes add a rich, relatable layer to the discussion on parenting styles and identity. *The importance of standing by one's values when it comes to content creation and guest engagement is underlined. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *"My daughter knows 32 flavors. She can sing it. Yeah, a little, Ani. A little. Because I'm a 90s lesbian. Indigo." Jaimie *"We were on the way home from school. He was in pre-K, and he gave me this look, and I'm pretty sure there was poop involved, too.” Jaimie 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 *David F.M. Vaughn is an award-winning actor, director, composer, and writer. *Gavin Lodge is… not an award-winning anything, but a champion adventure seeker and career changer. He is an actor, activist, recovering PTA president, and entrepreneur. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: *Listen to Gaytriarchs 🏳️‍🌈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 Chapters: 🎙️ Episode Highlights: *0:00:00 Introduction to the Queer Family podcast and sponsorship announcement *0:01:24 Frustration with the lack of real sponsorships for the show *0:03:41 Annoyance with companies wanting free advertising *0:06:09 Sponsorship code for California Cryobank *0:08:14 Introduction to the Gaytriarchs podcast
A Mic for the LGBTQIA+ Community: The Queer Family Podcast. Join Jaimie in this Bonus Episode as she guests on ‘This ‘Is Infertility” with Dan Bulger.  Almost three years ago, we published a list of our Top 17 Favorite Fertility Podcasts. Topping that list was a podcast called “If These Ovaries Could Talk,” a show centered around the lesbian experience of fertility and family building. Today’s guest, Jaimie Kelton, created this podcast after going through the journey to build her family and struggling to find relatable content and education for queer identities. As her following has grown, so has her podcast. Jaimie explains how her show has now evolved into “The Queer Family Podcast,” a podcast for diverse identities, and all LGBTQIA+ stories alike. She dives deep into her story, the evolution of the podcast, and the reality of family-building in the LGBTQIA+ community.  🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 *Despite being a primary supporter of fertility care, the LGBTQIA+ community is often treated as an afterthought, facing challenges in accessing fair and comprehensive family-building options. *The podcast has built a supportive and vocal community around it, showcasing the need for connection and chosen family within the queer community.  *The LGBTQIA+ community faces financial challenges in family-building, with many individuals paying out of pocket for fertility care. Progyny is mentioned as an insurance provider addressing inclusive coverage for the community. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 *“For the most part, the LGBTQIA+ community is an afterthought when it comes to fertility care, which is funny, because we are the main supporter of fertility care, because most of us need help to make our families.” - Jaimie Kelton *"I didn't hear any queer stories at all. So I thought, well, somebody needs to create this. And so, I just ended up creating it" - Jaimie Kelton 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: *Listen to This Is Infertility 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 EP15 BONUS | Join Jaimie in this Holiday Bonus Episode as she guests on 'Lost Spaces' with K Anderson! Jaimie shares her experience growing up in San Francisco surrounded by queer culture but struggling to recognize her own queerness. She discusses the male-dominated gay world she witnessed in the 80s and 90s and the lack of representation of gay women. Jaimie reflects on her journey of self-discovery, including experimenting with women and eventually embracing her identity as a lesbian. She also discusses the challenges of coming out to her parents and the stereotypes surrounding "U-Haul lesbians." Throughout her story, Jaimie emphasizes the importance of embracing one's differences and shedding the need for perfectionism. Dive into this special episode with a personal touch from Jaimie. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Growing up in a queer-friendly environment does not guarantee immediate self-recognition of one's own queerness. Representation and exposure to diverse queer experiences are crucial in understanding and accepting one's own sexuality. Coming out can be a complex and ongoing process, with individuals gradually embracing and fully owning their identities. The queer community can provide support and a sense of belonging during the process of self-discovery. Losing perfection means letting go of the need to control others' perception of you. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "I think everybody has a little bit of gay in them and they just haven't found it yet." - Jaimie Kelton "I knew there was community. I knew I would not be alone if I decided to come out.” - Jaimie Kelton “I feel like I touched my toe real slowly into this gay water." - Jaimie Kelton 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Listen to Lost Spaces 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 EP14 BONUS | We interrupt our regular content to bring you Holiday Bonus Episodes of podcasts that Jaimie loves and has guested on! Listen to the intro to hear an update and funny story from Jaimie before diving into an episode of “Who’s Your Daddy” with Michael and Matt. Jaimie and the fellas go deep into her personal story of struggling through unexplained infertility and over 3 years (!!) of trying to have a baby through IVF and IUI. She also shares some very exciting news that came to be a pretty big surprise! 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈  "We always thought I would be the one to carry, but my wife surprised me by expressing her desire to carry. We had to go back to the drawing board and adjust our plans accordingly." Jaimie  "I always felt slightly off about our fertility doctor. I never felt like he was right for me. Finally, after all of that, I said, 'You know what? Switch the formula. I'm getting a new doctor.'" Jaimie "We took out another loan against my wife's retirement. Thank God we were privileged enough for my wife to have a retirement to even take out of. We went for the IVF, and it didn't work." Jaimie 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Trust your gut and find a doctor who is the right fit for your fertility journey. Taking supplements and making lifestyle changes can improve egg health and increase the chances of pregnancy. The financial cost of fertility treatments can be significant, and it's important to plan and budget accordingly. Open and honest communication with children about their donor origins is crucial, but it's important to consider age-appropriate explanations and potential confusion. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Listen to Who’s Your Daddy Follow Michael and Matt Email them at whosyourdaddypod@gmail.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 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 BONUS | In this bonus holiday episode, Jaimie sits down with Robin and Anna, the creators of the short film "Pivot." They discuss the inspiration behind the film and its powerful message. The film tells the story of a young girl who rebels against societal expectations and fights against wearing a dress. The film explores themes of self-acceptance, identity, and the importance of allowing children to be true to themselves. "Pivot" has been well-received in film festivals and is currently being considered for an Oscar nomination. The creators encourage everyone to watch and share the film to promote inclusivity and understanding. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Robin Campbell is a Canadian screenwriter and filmmaker. She is the creator of the short film "Pivot," which explores the journey of a young girl who doesn't fit the traditional gender norms imposed by her mother. The film is based on Robin's own experiences with bisexuality and the fear of not fitting into societal expectations. Anna Gusson is a working director in the animation industry based in Vancouver. She directed "Pivot" and was responsible for translating Robin's story into visual images. Anna's role was to bring the words to life and create a visual representation of the emotional journey depicted in the film. 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 The film "Pivot" addresses the emotional journey of a young girl who doesn't fit traditional gender norms and the fear of not being accepted for who she truly is. The film highlights the importance of self-acceptance and standing up for one's true identity, even in the face of societal expectations. "Pivot" is a universal story that resonates with people from different cultures and backgrounds, as it explores the common experience of feeling misunderstood or pressured to conform. The film aims to bridge conversations between children and parents, encouraging open dialogue and understanding. The team behind "Pivot" wanted to create a film that empowers children to be the heroes of their own stories and encourages parents to see and value their children for who they truly are. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "The film is about a young girl who doesn't fit the image that her mom has for her... It's my journey of my bisexuality." - Robin Campbell "We made the film to bridge conversations and to make sure everyone gets a little bit out of it." - Anna Gusson 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Watch Pivot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJu0xRbNOXo 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 EP12 | Dr. Lulu, a Nigerian-born pediatrician and advocate, shares her personal journey of self-discovery and acceptance as a queer person. Growing up in a homophobic and religious society, she struggled with internalized homophobia and rejected her own child when they showed signs of being feminine. However, after her child revealed themselves as transgender, Dr. Lulu had a change of heart and became an advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth. She emphasizes the importance of unlearning societal norms and accepting and affirming our children for who they truly are. Dr. Lulu also discusses her new gender-affirming family coaching practice and the importance of supporting siblings in the transition process. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Dr. Lulu is a pediatrician, advocate, and speaker. She is Nigerian-born and has a passion for supporting LGBTQIA+ youth and their families. Dr. Lulu has recently opened a gender-affirming family coaching practice where she helps parents and families navigate the process of gender affirmation. 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Self-awareness is crucial in understanding our reactions and beliefs about gender. Exploring the underlying emotions and beliefs behind our reactions can lead to personal growth and understanding. Gender affirmation goes beyond hormones and surgery and includes respecting a person's chosen name, pronouns, and clothing. Supporting and affirming LGBTQIA+ children requires unlearning societal norms and taking responsibility for our own biases. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "The truth will set you free. Spend enough time getting curious and asking yourself why you felt this way." - Dr. Lulu "Embarrassment is an emotion that can reveal deeper beliefs and patterns in our lives." - Dr. Lulu "Gender affirmation starts at a young age and includes respecting a person's chosen name and pronouns." - Dr. Lulu "Parents must let go of the belief that they did something wrong and accept their child's gender identity." - Dr. Lulu 🏳️‍🌈Resources: The Trevor Project Lifeline 1-888-488-7386 It Gets Better: Watch Videos of Support The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1800-273-TALK (8255) The GLGT National Help Center: 1-888-THE_GLNH (888-843-4564) Youth Talkline: 1-800-245-PRIDE (800-246-7743) 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 EP11 | Moe Ari and Tiffany, hosts of the Be Your Own Love Goals podcast, share their journey as a queer couple. They met in college, became friends, and eventually fell in love. Moe Ari later came out as transgender, and they decided to start a family through reciprocal IVF. They faced challenges with their families' acceptance and had difficult conversations about their donor choice. Despite the obstacles, their families have come around and are now obsessed with their daughter, Nova. The couple emphasizes the importance of being your own “love goals” and creating your own authentic journey of partnership. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM), The Village Well (code QUEERFAM)  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Moe Ari and Tiffany are the hosts of the Be Your Own Love Goals podcast. They met in college and have been together for a decade. Moe Ari is transgender and went through a gender transition during their relationship. They used reciprocal IVF to have their daughter, Nova. ​🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Nova's birth helped solidify Moe Ari's gender transition and their identity as a father. The couple chose a donor based on shared values and personality traits, rather than physical appearance. Moe Ari's family was accepting of his coming out & transition, while Tiffany faced more challenges with her family's acceptance. Becoming parents has brought healing and growth to both Moe Ari and Tiffany. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "Hearing her call me Daddy for the first time was like, I am a dude. I am a dad." - Moe Ari "We wanted to feel connected to the donor in a way that transcended the physical." - Moe Ari "Having Nova was the first time I had the confidence to really allow myself to be seen." - Tiffany 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: We Are The Rainbow 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 EP10 | Freya Lyon, a queer mom and donor-conceived child, shares her journey of finding her "bio dad" and connecting with her donor-conceived siblings. She discusses her experience growing up with queer moms, her own journey of becoming a parent, and the importance of open communication and honesty in donor-conceived families. Freya emphasizes the significance of answering the questions of donor-conceived children and providing them with the option to connect with their donors or half-siblings. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters.🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Freya had a positive experience growing up as a donor-conceived child and always felt comfortable discussing her origins. She recently found her biological father and has formed a close relationship with him and her donor-conceived siblings. Freya's children have multiple half-siblings from the same donor, and they have the option to connect with them in the future. Open communication and honesty are crucial in donor-conceived families to ensure that children have a clear understanding of their origins and can make informed decisions about connecting with their donors or half-siblings. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "I've always wondered if I would have inherited something [from my biological father]." - Freya Lyon "Our family is completed, we're not having anymore. I want to be able to do this for someone." - Freya Lyon "That level of contact was really all I wanted as a kid. I just wanted the odd question answered. I didn't need that relationship growing up. It's just a bonus now." - Freya Lyon 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Fertility Matters @Work Surrogacy UK Helen’s Blog 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Freya Lyon is a queer mom and donor-conceived child. She has two children with her wife using a sperm donor and has recently connected with her biological father. Freya shares her journey of finding her biological father and forming relationships with her donor-conceived siblings. 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 EP9 | Eddie and Aurelio discuss their journey of adopting in the UK and becoming parents to twin toddlers during the pandemic. They emphasize the need for a support network and resources during the adoption process, and how the COVID-19 pandemic added both challenges and opportunities for bonding with their children. They now provide representation and support for other same-sex couples and adoptive parents through their popular social media platforms. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Eddie and Aurelio, also known as @fortunatedads, are adoptive parents who share their journey of adopting twin boys on their social media platforms. They provide representation and support for other same-sex couples and adoptive parents. 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Adoption involves extensive paperwork, interviews, and assessments, making it a complex and emotional process. The adoption system has a high number of children in need of loving families. Having a support network and resources in place is crucial during the adoption process. The COVID-19 pandemic presented additional challenges, but also provided an opportunity for bonding and quality time with the children. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "We wanted to be a family and adoption felt like the right path for us." -             Eddie and Aurelio "There is no feeling like it. You just feel whole." - Eddie "Representation matters. It's important for our children to see other same-sex couples and know that it's normal." - Aurelio 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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 an article based on this episode and more info about the host visit our website
S14 EP8 | Emme Reynolds, a transgender parent to two children in a newly blended family, shares their journey of self-discovery and transition. She discusses the importance of listening to each other's stories and understanding the challenges and complexities of transitioning. Emme emphasizes that transition is not a one-time event but an ongoing process, and highlights the difficulties faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in the current political climate. She also touches on the support she has received from her family and the importance of visibility and representation. Overall, Emme encourages open and honest conversations about gender identity and the experiences of trans individuals. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Emme Reynolds is a transgender parent to two children in a blended family. They are also the host of the podcast "A Second Puberty." 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Transitioning is a complex and ongoing process, and it is important to understand that it is not always easy or straightforward. It is crucial to listen to and understand each other's stories within the LGBTQ+ community. The support and acceptance of family and friends can make a significant difference in the well-being and happiness of a trans individual. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "Transition can be hard and difficult, but it is also beautiful and valid." Emme "No one is trying to turn your straight kid trans. We're trying to keep trans kids alive." Emme "It is important to have access to gender-affirming healthcare and medications." Emme 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Article about centering disability visibility in reproductive healthcare:  🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 EP7 | Liz Glazer, an award-winning stand-up comedian and queer mom, shares her journey to parenthood and the stillbirth of her first daughter, Leo Pearl. She discusses the struggles and grief associated with pregnancy loss, emphasizing that all forms of loss are equally difficult. Liz also talks about her wife's decision to freeze her eggs and their experience using a sperm bank. Despite the tragedy, Liz and her wife decided to try again and successfully welcomed their daughter, Eloise. Liz highlights the importance of being there for someone experiencing grief and offers insights into the unique nature of grieving for a child who never lived. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Liz Glazer is an award-winning stand-up comedian and queer mom. She is known for her debut stand-up comedy and storytelling album, "A Very Particular Experience," which explores the stillbirth of her first daughter, Leo Pearl. Liz is also a former tenured law professor and has been doing stand-up for 10 years. 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 Liz and her wife, Karen, decided to have children, and Karen had frozen her eggs before they started trying. Liz and Karen used a sperm bank for the embryo transfer, and the first transfer was successful. Liz emphasizes that there is no hierarchy of grief and that all forms of pregnancy loss are difficult. Liz and Karen joined a bereavement group called Pockets of Light, which provided support during their grieving process. Liz shares the strangeness of grieving for someone who never lived and the abstract nature of the grief. ​ 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈​ "I think that being willing to be the person who is there, who's emailing, who's calling, who's reaching out, that's really helpful." - Liz Glazer "Grief is such a personal journey and nightmare in so many ways." - Liz Glazer "There's no grief Olympics, all of it sucks because all of it is." - Liz Glazer 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode: Pockets of Light 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
 | S14 EP6 | Dr. Mark Leondires and Lisa Schuman discuss the importance of disclosure and open communication when parenting donor-conceived children. They emphasize the need to drop seeds of information from an early age, allowing children to gradually understand their unique family story. The guests also highlight the significance of language and terminology when discussing donors. The conversation touches on the challenges of managing expectations and the potential impact of meeting donor siblings or the donor themselves. The guests introduce their new book, "Building Your Family: The Complete Guide to Donor Conception," which provides guidance and support for individuals and couples navigating the donor conception process. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 The guests on this episode are Lisa Schuman, a therapist,  and Dr. Mark Leondires, a medical director at Illume Fertility.​ 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈​ In this episode of The Queer Family Podcast, Jamie interviews Lisa and Dr. Mark Leondires about donor conception and parenting donor-conceived children. They discuss the importance of open donor programs and the need for disclosure and communication with children about their donor conception. The guests emphasize the importance of dropping seeds and having ongoing conversations with children about their donor conception from a young age. They also address the concerns and challenges faced by donor-conceived individuals and the need for support and understanding from parents. The guests talk about their new book, "Building Your Family: The Complete Guide to Donor Conception," which provides guidance and support for individuals and couples on their donor conception journey. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 "Children are most unhappy under two circumstances, one accidental disclosure and second, late disclosure." - Dr. Mark Leondires "If you tell them when your kids are 10, 11, or 12, they're going to see you sweat. If you've been telling them all along, they're like, 'Oh, shut up, dad.'" - Dr. Mark Leondires "Our kids have to get through this identity formation on their own and try to figure out who they are in relationship to their parents and then to another set of genetics that they don't really know that well." - Lisa Schuman 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode “Building Your Family: The Complete Guide to Donor Conception” Donor Conception Conversations Podcast The Center for Family Building Illume Fertility Gay Parents To Be 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
S14 EP4 | In the first part of this 2-part episode, we're diving deep into that Search for The Superhuman, y'all! Lisa Schuman and Dr. Mark Leondires, co-authors of "Building Your Family: The Complete Guide to Donor Conception," share insights on choosing the right donor and explore the unique perspectives and experiences LGBTQIA+ individuals bring to this exciting and complex family-building journey. Stay tuned for part 2, which will be released next Monday. OR catch it right now on our Patreon channel, where we'll delve into how the heck you navigate parenting and life as a donor-conceived family. 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 Lisa Schuman is a therapist with almost 30 years of experience in reproductive medicine. She is the host of the Donor Conception Conversations Podcast and runs the Center for Family Building, a one-stop shop for resources and support for family-building journeys. Lisa is also the co-author of the book "Building Your Family: The Complete Guide to Donor Conception."​ Dr. Mark Leondires is the medical director at Illume Fertility and the founder of Gay Parents to Be. He has personal experience with donor conception, having built his own family through egg donation and surrogacy. Dr. Mark is passionate about helping LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples navigate the family-building process and is dedicated to providing quality care and support. 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈 1. Donor conception involves choosing a donor whose genetics and health history align with your values and priorities. 2. It's important to prioritize health and genetics when selecting a donor, rather than focusing solely on personal preferences or characteristics. 3. Psychological screening and testing can help ensure that donors are honest and mentally healthy. 4. Open and honest communication with children about their donor conception story is crucial for their emotional well-being and understanding of their identity. 5. Queer parents often have a unique perspective on donor conception, as they have already navigated the process of accepting their own identities and building their families. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 - "Remember, you're not getting that person. You're getting their past three to five generations." - Dr. Mark Leondires - "Choosing your donor should be a head decision, but it really starts in your heart." - Lisa Schuman 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to California Cryobank (code QUEERFAM),  Our Shelves (code QUEERFAM) and our Patreon supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages here. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode “Building Your Family: The Complete Guide to Donor Conception” Donor Conception Conversations Podcast The Center for Family Building Illume Fertility Gay Parents To Be 🏳️‍🌈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 🏳️‍🌈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
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