Outspoken Voices Podcast

Each month we air new episodes of our Outspoken Voices Podcast series, with special guests representing a wide range of content expertise. During each episode we address the topics essential to today’s LGBTQ families and LGBTQ families-to-be.

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Episode #10: Donor Siblings: Creating Families and Relationships

posted on Tue, Oct 10 2017 8:53 am by Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager

In this month's episode of the Outspoken Voices Podcast, we're talking about using sperm donors, and the unique families and relationships that can emerge when "donor siblings" come into contact. We talk with Scott Brown from California Cryobank, Amber Leventry, a writer and parent from Vermont, and Emily McGranachan, Family Equality Council's East Coast Regional Manager.

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Episode #9: Planning for College

posted on Tue, Sep 12 2017 8:49 am by Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager

On this month's Outspoken Voices podcast, we talk to three financial professionals about how to plan and save for college. All of our guests make an effort to ensure financial planning and advice are accessible to members of LGBTQ families. Listen and learn their tips for investing in your children's college education.

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Episode #8 (Part 2): Stories Behind the Every Child Deserves a Family Act

posted on Thu, Aug 24 2017 10:50 am by Shelbi Day, Senior Policy Counsel

This month we're focusing our attention on the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (or ECDF) – a bill that was recently introduced in Congress that would eliminate state laws, policies, practices and procedures that exclude potential adoptive and foster parents because of their marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Passing ECDF would dramatically increase access to permanent, loving homes for foster care children.

In Part 2 of this two-part series, we talk to guests Kristopher Sharp and James McIntyre, who both aged out of the foster care system without finding forever families or permanent placements. Kristopher and James talk with Senior Policy Counsel Shelbi Day about the challenges they faced growing up in foster care, and how they have continued to become powerful advocates for reform in the child welfare system.

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Episode #8 (Part 1): Stories Behind the Every Child Deserves a Family Act

posted on Mon, Aug 7 2017 8:53 pm by Shelbi Day, Senior Policy Counsel

This month we're focusing our attention on the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (or ECDF) – a bill that was recently introduced in Congress that would eliminate state laws, policies, practices and procedures that exclude potential adoptive and foster parents because of their marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Passing ECDF would dramatically increase access to permanent, loving homes for foster care children.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we talk to guests Dr. Philip McAdoo, and Aaron and Rich Hooks Wayman about their experiences forming their families through foster care.

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Episode #7: Family Week 2017

posted on Tue, Jul 11 2017 1:25 pm by Emily McGranachan, East Coast Regional Manager

Family Week in Provincetown, MA is the largest annual gathering of LGBTQ parents and their children in the world. This month Family Equality Council's Emily McGranachan is joined by Family Week partner COLAGE, and some new and veteran participants to hear about what is in store for 2017 and what Family Week means to us. 

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Episode #6: Empty-Nesters: When Your Kids Step Out Into the World

posted on Sun, Jun 11 2017 4:21 pm by Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager

It's high school graduation time, so on this month's Outspoken Voices podcast we quiz two parents about their experiences as empty-nesters, as their kids grew up and headed out into the world.

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Episode #5: Stories of Families Formed Through Foster Care

posted on Tue, May 9 2017 6:57 am by Kim Simes, Director of Regional Programming

This month is National Foster Care Month, so we're dedicating our Outspoken Voices podcast to hearing from two families formed through foster care.

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Episode #4: What to Consider Before Tying the Knot and Starting a Family

posted on Tue, Apr 11 2017 9:31 am by Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager

April’s Outspoken Voices brings together two professionals to converse the financial and legal consideration that should discussed before for tying the knot and starting a family.

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Episode #3: Inclusive Summer Camps

posted on Mon, Mar 13 2017 8:21 pm by Emily McGranachan, East Coast Regional Manager

March’s Outspoken Voices brings together three summer camp professionals and fans to talk about finding inclusive summer camp spaces, prepping youth for the experience, and why a welcoming and celebratory summer camp can have a big impact on youth.

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Episode #2: Celebrating Black History Month and Parenting

posted on Tue, Feb 14 2017 8:10 am by Kim Simes, Director of Regional Programming

February's Outspoken Voices podcast is a celebration of Black History Month and parenting. We are joined by two amazing guests highlighting how our multiple identities impact our daily lives. Both guests and their families are longtime supporters of Family Equality Council. In the podcast we hear our guests share their story of family creation, highlighting major identity markers and talking about the triumphs, joys and challenges of being a single parent, as well as how race has helped shape their family.

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Episode #1: Parental Engagement: Empowering our kids to navigate changing school climates

posted on Tue, Jan 10 2017 3:32 pm by Emily McGranachan, East Coast Regional Manager

For our January podcast, we are continuing the conversation started in November about the impact of the election on LGBTQ families. We're joined by guests Johnny Cole and Nicole LaFlamme to discuss the ways parents can help children navigate the changing climate in schools.

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REGIONAL CONTACTS

Emily McGranachan, East Coast Regional Manager, emcgranachan@familyequality.orgConnecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Kim Simes, Director of Regional Programming, ksimes@familyequality.org: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota & Wisconsin; And interim coverage of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Tatiana Quiroga, Southern Regional Manager, tquiroga@familyequality.orgAlabama, Arkansas, Florida, D.C., Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the six inhabited U.S. territories - American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Wake Island

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