Best LGBTQ Family & Fertility Podcasts You Should be Listening To
According to the Family Equality Council 2017 LGBTQ Family Fact Sheet, approximately 10.7 million adults in the U.S. identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Furthermore, among LGBTQ adults over 50 living alone or with a spouse/partner, 48% of women and 20% of men are raising a child who is under 18 years old. Over the past two years, New York State has passed significant legislation that expands and protects the reproductive rights of this community. In January of 2020, New York State expanded coverage for fertility preservation services and in February 2021, New York State legalized gestational surrogacy. Both of these acts help validate the reproductive rights of the LGBTQ community and give members of this community more opportunities for family building.
Individuals who start their reproductive journey have their own stories to tell. Hearing from others about their experiences, emotional and physical challenges, and highs and lows of their journey can be inspiring and a helpful way to cope. While some individuals prefer to put pen to paper and write about their journey through infertility, others pick up a microphone. We’ve compiled a few of the most popular podcasts available that focus on the LGBTQ family building experience. The following podcasts are available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and any platform podcasts are available.
If These Ovaries Could Talk
This award-winning podcast focuses on conceiving and non-traditional families. The hosts, Jaimie and Robin, both lesbians themselves, go in-depth with weekly guests about their hopes, fears, and setbacks. Their mission is to normalize the diversity of families while confirming they’re just like other parents. The podcast essentially focuses on the question everyone is thinking – what’s it like to live as an LGBTQ family in a world built for straights?
Daddy Squared: The Gay Dads Podcast
This weekly podcast is created by a married, gay couple and talks about life with their 5-year old twins. The partners discuss parenting, relationships, and self-growth and often bring a guest expert to speak about issues that can arise in parenting and, specifically, gay parenting.
The New Family
The New Family Podcast explores what families really look like today and the issues that matter most and are relevant to families of all kinds. Twice a week, the New Family interviews individuals who represent a modern family and top parenting experts on the challenges of raising children during this time. There’s practical advice from authors, family therapists, educators, and others.
This podcast, created by Family Equality, delivers a monthly episode featuring guests who discuss essential topics for LGBTQ+ families and members of the LGBTQ+ community who are thinking of starting a family.
This podcast specifically addresses non-binary and transgender individuals by interviewing notable trans guests, analyzing current events, and answering questions. Their goal? To understand “What the heck gender is.”
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