Outspoken Voices - a Podcast for LGBTQ+ Families

Outspoken Voices - a Podcast for LGBTQ+ Families

The Outspoken Voices Podcast is created by Family Equality Council, with a new episode delivered every month. With help from invited guests, we address discuss essential topics for LGBTQ+ families, or members of the LGBTQ+ community who are thinking about starting a family.... Show More

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October 1, 2019 35 min

Family Equality believes everyone deserves to grow and sustain their family. That includes transgender people who want to have biological children. Two trans dads share their pregnancy journeys. 



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September 17, 2019 32 min

LGBTQ+ families exist at the intersection of many different identities. How can we navigate these many layers in multiracial families? Two LGBTQ+ parents of color, from the south, in multiracial families share their experiences, funny stories, and hope for the future.



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September 3, 2019 32 min

How do we disrupt patterns of white supremacy and racism at home? Guests Jasmine and Mo of the Parenting is Political podcast join to share their experiences, advice, and compassion. We're in this together. 



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July 16, 2019 32 min

As the host of Outspoken Voices, you've heard Emily share some of her story growing up with LGBTQ+ parents. She is sharing even more of her journey to contact her sperm donor and donor siblings in the podcast, Rashomon. Listen to Season 2, episode 2 of Rashomon to hear Emily and her moms talk about their family journey and how Family Week in Provincetown changed everything. Then go and listen to the rest of Rashomon seas... Read more

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July 2, 2019 35 min

Each person who grows their family through pregnancy has their own journey. Something not as often discussed, the emotional, physical, and personal challenges postpartum.  

The research is still growing, but that show patterns in how the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey uniquely impacts bi+ people. In this episode we discuss personal experiences, the findings of the research, and what we can do together to supp... Read more

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July 2, 2019 35 min

Each person who grows their family through pregnancy has their own journey. Something not as often discussed, the emotional, physical, and personal challenges postpartum.  The research is still growing, but that show patterns in how the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey uniquely impacts bi+ people. In this episode we discuss personal experiences, the findings of the research, and what we can do together to support bi+ f... Read more

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June 18, 2019 33 min

All parents hear some challenging or confusing questions from their kids at some point. For LGBTQ+ parents and caregivers, the questions can be a bit trickier. How do some parents navigate answering potentially triggering questions with honesty, care, and a dash of humor? Two parents and a queerspawn discuss the funny, random, and probing things kids in LGBTQ+ families say. 



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June 4, 2019 33 min

Running for elected office is exhausting, vulnerable, exhilarating, and unpaid. Two transgender parents who ran for local office in 2018 share their experiences of hitting the campaign trail, families in tow. They'll make you laugh, reflect, and maybe even get involved in your community. 



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May 21, 2019 31 min

LGBTQ+ families are formed in many different ways. Parents Jeff and Mayeti were friends who decided to conceive and raise a family together, as co-parents. As a multi-racial family sharing time and homes, they know a thing or two about communication, honesty, and centering their kids. Co-parents, alternative/intentional families have a lot to teach us all. 



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May 7, 2019 33 min

Some queerspawn carry with them generations of LGBTQ+ identities – their own, their parents, grandparents, and beyond. These second, third, and even fourth generation queerspawn often carry a beautiful lineage of pride, love, and trauma. What does it mean to come from a direct line of LGBTQ+ people over generations? How can inter-generational dialogues and support change our community?



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April 16, 2019 38 min

As people are able to come out earlier and technology catches up with LGBTQ+ families, more people are becoming parents after transitioning or coming out as trans or gender nonbinary. Two activists and trans dads talk about their experiences, finding community, and falling in love with their kids. Kris is a brand new dad with a three-week old and Robbie is the veteran dad with a three and one-year-old. Dad jokes are kept to ... Read more

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April 2, 2019 36 min

Divorce and separation with LGBTQ+ families is complicated and contains so many extra layers of bias, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, and social expectations. And it impacts the kids, not matter their age. Three queerspawn who have experienced divorce in their families talk about the experience and why we're still fighting to normalize it.   



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March 19, 2019 31 min

Sometimes our parents come out and transition after children are part of a family. The impact that a parent's transition and/or gender identity has on a family can be profound. And it can be a powerful moment of love and truth. Two people with transgender parents (PTP) share their stories and experiences of having parents who transitioned while they middle schoolers. Get ready to learn and be inspired. 



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March 5, 2019 31 min

As Family Week in Provincetown is celebrating 25 years, there are a growing number of LGBTQ+ family summer camp weeks and weekends around the country. Why are LGBTQ+ family spaces important? Are spaces like camps made queer just by us being there? Two parents and attendees of Camp OUT in Michigan join the host for a conversation about how we form LGBTQ+ family spaces and how they are changing. 



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February 19, 2019 31 min

Being a parent can be hard. Being LGBTQ+ can be hard. Dating can be hard. For single LGBTQ+ parents, combing all three is a whole other thing entirely. The whole process of dating, becoming a step-parent, and blending a family is hard to navigate. LGBTQ+ families can feel like they're in uncharted waters. How did one family weave their own path? 



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February 5, 2019 29 min

Retired U.S. Women's National Soccer Team player Lori Lindsey joins our host to talk about the politics of coming out in professional sports, growing up with LGBTQ and straight parents, and being second-generation queer. Next time you cheer on your favorite athlete, you may be rooting for an Olympic queerspawn like Lori!



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January 15, 2019 32 min

There has been a surge of public activism over the past several years. From Black Lives Matter to the Women's March, people are taking to the street across the country. How do families fit into these mass movements? We discuss how and why protesting must be a LGBTQ+ family affair.



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December 31, 2018 29 min

The representation of LGBTQ families in the media has been uneven, at best. Queer families are hungry to see themselves in print and on screen. Guests Sadie Epstein-Fine and Makeda Zook join the host to talk about their sagas of searching for representation (The Ellen Show VHS tapes are still floating around) and creating their own media with their new book, Spawning Generations



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December 17, 2018 32 min

When the rights and dignity of LGBTQ families are up for political debate, youth within our families are harmed...and called to action. Queerspawn activists can be the strongest voices for LGBTQ family rights. Listen to hear inspiring stories of people with LGBTQ parents turned experiences of political discrimination into powerful opportunities to use their voices.



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December 3, 2018 30 min

Bisexual parents are a huge percentage of all LGBTQ parents, yet they continue to face challenges and discrimination from within and without the community. Here we talk about the fierce pride of bi+ people and parents, and how biphobia and bisexual invisibility is compounded by parenthood and having LGBTQ parents.



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