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with Jaimie Kelton
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Queer mom chats with queer guests about their families, but with gay...

Jaimie Kelton humorously explores the age-old question: What's it like to live as an LGBTQ family in a world built for the straights?

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 Queer Family Podcast knows that sharing LGBTQ family stories is a vital way for LGBTQ folks to find community, information, and support, and for the wider world to learn about how we are both the same as and different from other families."

 

DANA RUDOLPH, FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER OF MOMBIAN 

“As a gay mom who's been out in Hollywood for a long time, I know how much representation matters to all the queer families out there. This show gives us a chance to tell our stories with love, honesty, and humor. I started creating my family when coming out could ruin your career in show business. Things have changed a lot since then, but we've still got a long way to go. That's why shows like The Queer Family Podcast are so important. When Jaimie interviewed me about my family in 2019, I told her, "keep on telling these stories"—and she's done just that. I can’t wait to see how the new show takes our queer families’ story to the next level and a bigger audience!"

ROSIE O'DONNELL

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With insights and stories from guests such as StaceyAnn Chin, Judy Gold, and State Senator Zach Wahls, an in-depth journey that is equal parts funny, serious, happy, sad, celebratory, cautionary, and powerful. You can read this book cover-to-cover or skip around like your very own LGBTQ choose your own baby adventure book. You’ll learn a lot and laugh even more along the way! Who knew making a baby could be this much fun?

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S15 EP12 | Gay Secret Service Agent Shares Surrogacy Journey and Challenges
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S15 EP12 | Gay Secret Service Agent Shares Surrogacy Journey and Challenges

Corey Allen, a former Secret Service agent and current future dad on a surrogacy journey, shares his experience of leading a double life while working in law enforcement and the challenges he faced as a gay man. He also discusses his surrogacy journey, including the setbacks and the decision to use two surrogates. Corey highlights the financial and legal obstacles that LGBTQ+ families often encounter and the importance of sharing stories to create awareness and promote change. Tune in for an inspiring and informative conversation. This is an essential listen for anyone in the LGBTQIA community considering family life, as well as for allies seeking understanding and connection. Stay tuned for more enlightening content from the Queer Family podcast that celebrates, uplifts, and normalizes diverse family narratives. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠ https://community.pregnanttogether.com/plans/381803?bundle_token=8fac5f9c74e1b8604e54b6a04de597fe&utm_source=manual, and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠ https://www.thequeerfamilypodcast.com/sponsor-us-2 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  * Corey Allen shares his experience of living a double life as a closeted Secret Service agent, the eventual coming out, and his personal journey to find love and start a family. * Corey and his fiance Johnny's path to parenthood includes navigating the surrogacy journey with its emotional, financial, and logistical challenges. * The importance of genetic connection in surrogacy decisions is discussed, as is the strategic choice to use both partners' DNA with the same egg donor. * There is an emphasis on the legal complexities and discrimination against LGBTQIA+ families in the surrogacy process, including the lack of insurance coverage and the necessity for second-parent adoption. * Corey's advocacy work and his book "Breaking Free" spotlight the need for broader awareness and support for queer families. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 * "There were red flags that our agency didn't pick up on, or they should have." - Cory 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 * Corey Allen is a former Secret Service agent with a compelling story to share about his life and experiences. He has served in law enforcement as a police officer and has provided protection for high-profile figures including the Obamas. Corey has also authored the book "Breaking Free," where he shares his saga of self-discovery as a gay Secret Service agent. Currently, he's an advocate for LGBTQIA+ family building and shares his and his fiancé Johnny's journey through surrogacy. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  * CoryAllenBooks.com https://www.coryallenbooks.com/ 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! 🏳️‍🌈 - Call us and leave a voicemail or text: 646-470-1840 - Email: thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB/TikTok/YouTube: @thequeerfamilypodcast - Website: https://www.thequeerfamilypodcast.com/ - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thequeerfamilypodcast/ - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ovariestalk/ - TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thequeerfamilypodcast - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhon0J_IfFovDUAzS9v2WQ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible🏳️‍🌈 https://amzn.to/3F9qRUc 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch here🏳️‍🌈 https://bit.ly/TQFPmerchandise 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: Tiffany Topol\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato🏳️‍🌈 🎙️ Episode Chapters: 0:00:00 Jaimie introduces the episode and sponsor, Pregnant Together 0:01:12 Corey's experience with an adoption agency 0:05:19 Introduction to Corey Allen 0:06:05 Corey's elevator pitch 0:07:35 Corey's experience as a Secret Service agent 0:11:00 Transitioning to Corey's surrogacy journey 0:12:10 Challenges and red flags in the surrogacy process 0:14:22 The importance of LGBTQ+ advocacy 0:17:55 Balancing work and personal life 0:19:12 Surrogacy journey update 0:21:30 Navigating the financial aspects of surrogacy 0:23:45 The emotional toll of the surrogacy process 0:27:40 The impact of COVID-19 on the surrogacy journey 0:29:15 Closing remarks and future plans
Louisiana Lesbian Couples Fight for Parental Rights in Landmark Case: How Outdated Laws Impact Us
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Louisiana Lesbian Couples Fight for Parental Rights in Landmark Case: How Outdated Laws Impact Us

Host Jaimie sits down with Megan, Taylor, and Jessica, three married lesbian non-bio moms fighting for legal recognition of their parental rights in Louisiana. They discuss the challenges they're facing in the legal system, the archaic "presumption of paternity" civil code 185 being used against them, and the impact it has on their families. The guests share their personal experiences and the uncertainty they face as non-biological parents. They also highlight the importance of second-parent adoption and the need for better legislation to protect LGBTQ+ families. This is an essential listen for anyone in the LGBTQIA community considering family life, as well as for allies seeking understanding and connection. Stay tuned for more enlightening content from the Queer Family podcast that celebrates, uplifts, and normalizes diverse family narratives. 🏳️‍🌈Thanks to ⁠Pregnant Together⁠ https://community.pregnanttogether.com/plans/381803?bundle_token=8fac5f9c74e1b8604e54b6a04de597fe&utm_source=manual, and our ⁠⁠⁠Patreon⁠⁠⁠ supporters. 🏳️‍🌈Interested in advertising? Check out our packages ⁠⁠⁠here.⁠⁠⁠ https://www.thequeerfamilypodcast.com/sponsor-us-2 🏳️‍🌈Key Takeaways:🏳️‍🌈  * The judge in their cases used civil code 185 which does not recognize same-sex marriages and denies them the right to second-parent adoption. * The cases are on hold, leaving the families in a state of limbo and uncertainty. * The judge's decision is not binding in other courts, which means their rights could be challenged in the future. * LGBTQ+ families in Louisiana face unique challenges due to the lack of clear and concise language in the state's laws. 🏳️‍🌈Quotes:🏳️‍🌈 * We're never going to be able to get rid of all the bigots of the world, but we can change the system if we are a part of the system." - Taylor * "Louisiana just repeatedly keeps telling me, well, you're not mother enough." Meghan * “We have to sign on the father line on the birth certificate, just to add to it, add a kick in the gut.” - Jessica 🏳️‍🌈About The Guest(s)🏳️‍🌈 * Megan, Taylor and Jessica are residents of Louisiana and members of the LGBTQ+ community. They are advocates for LGBTQ+ rights. Meghan founded NELA Pride, an organization that aims to improve and enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in Northeast Louisiana. 🏳️‍🌈Resources mentioned in the episode:  * NELA Pride - Northeast Louisiana Pride: Website 🏳️‍🌈We want to hear from you! 🏳️‍🌈 - Call us and leave a voicemail or text: 646-470-1840 - Email: thequeerfamilypodcast@gmail.com IG/Twitter/FB/TikTok/YouTube: @thequeerfamilypodcast - Website: https://www.thequeerfamilypodcast.com/ - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thequeerfamilypodcast/ - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ovariestalk/ - TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thequeerfamilypodcast - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhon0J_IfFovDUAzS9v2WQ 🏳️‍🌈Order the #ITOCT book Amazon, IndieBound, Audible🏳️‍🌈 https://amzn.to/3F9qRUc 🏳️‍🌈Buy our merch here🏳️‍🌈 https://bit.ly/TQFPmerchandise 🏳️‍🌈Edited by Jerson Barajas. Theme song: Tiffany Topol\ Logo art: Daneen Stevenato🏳️‍🌈 🎙️ Episode Chapters: 00:00 Introduction and Sponsor Message 01:22 Legal Challenges and Second Parent Adoption 10:02 The Complexities of Known Donors 15:44 Limitations of Child Custody Laws and Wills in Louisiana 24:13 Challenges and Legal Obstacles 26:07 Unprecedented Situation 28:32 The Scary Reality 33:16 Not 'Mother Enough' 39:19 Changing the System 43:03 The Power of Conversation 46:45 Wishing You the Best #queerfamily #LGBTQ+families #legalchallenges #secondparentadoption #nongeneticmothers #paternityclause #archaiclaw #knowndonors #childcustody #wills #queerfamilies #Louisiana #challenges #legalobstacles #spermdonation #miscarriages #legalparentage #LGBTQ+parents #legislation #stories #conversations #advocacy #community

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