The Queer Family Podcast
The Queer Family Podcast
Jaimie kelton
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?
Behind the Scenes: Season 15 Sneak Peek & Parenting Adventures
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
Jan 22
16 min
l BONUS l Introducing “Gaytriarchs: A Gay Dads Podcast”
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
Jan 15
1 hr 5 min
Introducing "This Is Infertilty"
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
Jan 8
22 min
Queer Family Podcast: Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Families and Fertility Journeys
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
Jan 8
11 min
Introducing "Lost Spaces"
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
Jan 1
57 min
Introducing "Who's Your Daddy"
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
Dec 25, 2023
1 hr 13 min
Pivot: A Short Film Challenging Gender Norms
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
Dec 21, 2023
31 min
Gender, Sexuality, and God's Will
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
Dec 18, 2023
1 hr 4 min
Navigating Transitions and Coming Out Together
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
Dec 11, 2023
58 min
A Donor Conceived Gay Mom Finds Her "Bio Dad"
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
Dec 4, 2023
51 min
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