A conversation with lesbian high schooler Sianna about how she has taken a stand against homophobia in situations where no one else was on her side, and why she’s glad she had to.
A conversation with Samantha, who was outed as a lesbian to her parents by a teacher at her school, about the turmoil this has created in her life. She talks about being rejected by some of the most important people in her life after they learned she was gay, and how that experience has inspired her to be a leader in her local LGBTQ community.
This show is the first in a new series on the experiences of LGBTQ teens in Maine. This episode features a conversation with high school junior AJ, who identifies as gender-neutral. AJ discusses the challenges of not identifying as either a girl or a boy, and the value of finding allies within a new school.
An interview with psychiatrist, Frank, about being the gay father of two boys. Frank describes his sense that he always wanted children, and how he told his husband very early in their relationship that this was part of who he was. He describes the steps they have taken to raise their children in safe and accepting communities, and how they have been able to protect them from homophobia. Nonetheless, Frank describes the all too real sense of danger and hate that exists in our culture, such that he felt the need to do the interview anonymously. Frank also describes his experience of finding a surrogate to conceive and bear the child, and their family’s story of staying connected to their surrogate. Frank explores assumptions people make about his ability to nurture and take care of his children, and the intrusive offers of help he sometimes receives in public settings.
An interview with Deb Gallagher about her experience creating a family through “the messy miracle of international adoption.” Deb first talks about the degree of homophobia she encountered as a lesbian seeking to adopt a child both domestically and internationally. She describes the way she had to enter the closet for the first time since age 15 in order to have the chance to adopt a child. She describes her grief at bringing a child away from her home culture and language to a country that is so racist. She observes the many ways that her daughter’s experience of being in this culture is so different from her own as a white person.