About Outspoken Voices:

Outspoken Voices is a podcast by and for LGBTQ parents, people with LGBTQ parents, grandparents and everyone else who is part of our family journeys. The podcast is from Family Equality Council and hosted by Emily McGranachan, Director of Family Engagement, and proud queerspawn. Outspoken Voices season two began as part of the PRX Podcast Garage Community Hours program, giving studio time and training to Boston nonprofits developing a podcast. 

About Family Equality Council:

Family Equality Council is a national nonprofit whose mission is to advance legal and lived equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change.

  • We envision a future where all LGBTQ families, regardless of creation or composition, live in communities that recognize, respect, protect, and value them.

  • We envision a world in which every LGBTQ person has the right and the opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, national origin, geography, socioeconomic status, disability, or the intersection of those characteristics.

  • Finally, we envision systems of service and support that are free of discrimination and that maximize opportunities for LGBTQ youth needing permanency and LGBTQ adults seeking family formation through adoption, foster care, assisted reproductive technology or other means.

Visit www.familyequality.org for more information. 

Glossary of commonly used terms:

Family Week: The largest annual gathering of LGBTQ parents and their children in the world. For over twenty years Family Equality Council and COLAGE have collaborated to run Family Week in Provincetown, MA for hundreds of families from around the world.

LGBTQ : Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer

Outspoken Generation: Family Equality Council's speak out program for people with LGBTQ+ parents or caregivers. The program connects people with speak out opportunities and amplifies their stories. 

Pearls of Wisdom: Family Equality Council's speak out program for grandparents who are either LGBTQ themselves or whose children are LGBTQ and are now parents themselves. The program connects members with speak out opportunities and amplifies their stories. 

Queerspawn: A person with one or more LGBTQ+ parent or caregiver. 

Second Generation: A person who is LGBTQ+ and has at least one LGBTQ+ parent or caregiver