Outspoken Voices - a Podcast for LGBTQ+ Families

Outspoken Voices - a Podcast for LGBTQ+ Families

The Outspoken Voices Podcast is created by Family Equality, 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.


February 4, 2022 55 min

Join Family Equality for an important conversation about navigating race in the Texas school system, with special guests Stacey and Cheralyn Stevenson, Melanie Maine, Jackie Juarez, and Sonya Parker Goode, facilitated by Luna Malbroux. In this hour-long “roundtable” discussion, these amazing advocates share their experiences as LGBTQ+ parents and allies raising children of color in Texas—from deciding which neighborhoods to liv...

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In this episode host Emily McGranachan and co-host Dakota Fine meet with Sunu Chandy and discuss her recently completed book of poetry My Dear Comrades. On the pod, Sunu reads three poems and gives careful thought to her work and life as a lawyer, mom, wife, daughter, and outspoken member of the LGBTQ+ community.

We discuss: being the child of immigrants, fertility issues, adoption, misassumptions about identity, and being a pa...

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Whether you're searching for your child's first picture book or striving to diversify your neighborhood library, it's not always easy to discover books that represent diverse families in a loving and respectful way. In today's episode, we're joined by Alli Harper, founder of Ourshelves: Diverse Book Boxes for Children, to talk more about the impact of diverse storytelling and how we can come together to advocate...

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April 1, 2021 48 min

LGBTQ+ families, adoption, and identities intersect in many ways. Previous guest Nishta and Tatiana return to discuss how adoption factors into their family stories and how discrimination and unequal systems for parental recognition continue to harm our families. Learn and laugh with these two rockstar parents of color, from the south, in multiracial families.

About our guests

Tatiana Quiroga is the Director of Family Equity and ...

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December 16, 2020 41 min

Matthew Ramsey shares his story of fostering to adopt 2 brothers with his husband. Matthew offers wise and insightful advice for anyone considering adoption and for all parents who want to make sure their kids feel loved and supported. They also discuss the work Family Equality is doing to ensure that as many kids in the child welfare system as possible can find loving homes. 

This episode is Episode 33 of the Today We Tried Podcast...

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November 12, 2020 35 min

LGBTQ+ history is part of our family stories. We’ve been creating and recreating family forever. This episode author Sarah Prager tells us more about a few beautiful and complex LGBTQ+ families from history (and today). 

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February 4, 2020 32 min

Brent Wright is one of 64 million sandwich generation Americans who has simultaneously cared for an aging parent and his kids, all under the same roof.  What made their setup unusual? His mom moved in with Brent and his husband, Sandis, plus their two daughters.  Brent tells us how the dynamics in their family changed when his mom moved in, and how his 7- and 10-year-old daughters help care for their grandma.  

This is Episode 185 -...

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January 21, 2020 30 min

Three queerspawn share the history and future of COLAGE and their own stories of finding community. 

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January 7, 2020 30 min

2019 was a powerful year for Outspoken Voices. With over twenty episodes released, stories of LGBTQ+ families ranged from trans pregnancy to the perspectives of adopted queerspawn. Listen to some highlights from the year and get inspired for what's to come!

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December 17, 2019 31 min

The options for known vs anonymous vs identity-release sperm/egg donors and the ability to contact donor-siblings have undergone big changes in recent years. Today, we’re are coming across people who share DNA through test companies – sometimes accidentally. To share our own experiences and to dig into the realities and ethics of it all, are two fellow donor-conceived queerspawn – Jamie and Lilly! 

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December 3, 2019 32 min

Education touches all our families around the world in very different ways. This episode is dedicated to the ups and downs, challenges and inspiration of pushing for LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices in schools, especially early education. Guests Justine Gonzalez and Caitlin Ryan share perspectives as advocates, parents, and educators. 

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November 19, 2019 31 min

National Adoption Month continues! This episode features a special live taping of Inside Out LGBT Radio. Activist, author, and trans-racially adopted adult child of LGBTQ+ parents, Tony Hynes, hosts a powerful and honest discussion about trans-racial adoption, ethics, and adoptee experiences. He is joined by Schai, adopted internationally by a white single parent, and Beth, a white adoptive parent to two children of color. This...

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November 5, 2019 31 min

November is National Adoption Month! To dive deeper into the experience of adopted queerspawn of color, guests Weston and Kaley share their stories and advice of both foster care and international adoption. Learn about how they found community, ways they discussed their identities at home, and why their voices are so important in the movement. 

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October 15, 2019 31 min

Some LGBTQ+ parents take turns carrying a pregnancy as they grow their family. What’s that experience like when shared by partners? How can partners support one another as their choices and paths differ? Moms Hideko and Cherie share their stories and advice on everything from being first-time parents to bonding as the non-biological parent. 

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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 season ...

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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+...

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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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