Blog and Podcast Sites
Many trans people and parents write or talk about their experiences in the form of blogs and/or podcasts. There are numerous trans-related podcasters and bloggers. Here are some sites you may wish to check out. Some “individual blog posts” are under the Articles and Blog Posts section.
Some individual “podcasts” are under the Podcasts, Videos, TV, Documentaries & Film section.
Amanda Jette Knox
"Author, Speaker, Advocate (+ blogger) (Ontario)
“Amanda Jetté Knox is an award-winning writer, human rights advocate and public speaker. She also loves coffee. If coffee were a person, they would braid each other's hair. In early 2014, her middle child came out to the family as a transgender girl, shifting the focus of her mom’s writing career towards LGBTQ+ rights and education. Alexis’ journey changed everything, and taught Amanda a great deal about courage, compassion and authenticity. It made her a better person. Full stop.” A little over a year after their child came out, her partner also came out as transgender. Amanda wrote the national besteller “Love lives here: A story of thriving in a transgender family“.
Podcasts and blog by two Vancouver moms of young transgender kids. (CDN)
“Hi, I’m Lucy! And I’m Ruby! Welcome to The Gender Diaries Podcast. A place of community and belonging for parents of transgender kiddos and anyone else looking to support a gender diverse child in their life.” [“Hi folks! We are the co-creators of The Gender Diaries Podcast, broadcasting out of the Greater Vancouver area. We met online. Our real names are not Ruby & Lucy… and in our podcast we refer to our kiddos using the first letters of their names. Our identities are anonymous because we have chosen to keep our children’s identities private so that they can choose when and how to come out under their own terms in the future. We are two cisgender women who use the pronouns she/her. Our kiddos are 5 and 9 years old and use the pronouns he/him/his. Check out the PODCAST for available episodes, and the BLOG for more stories.”]
Let's Talk Gender Podcasts
By Meaghan Ray. Produces a blog (Purple and Green and the Life in Between) and podcasts. (Alberta)
Season 1: Our experiences exploring our genders and transitioning // Season 2: Nonbinary identities, experiences, and perspectives. "Show notes for Let's Talk Gender Podcast and a blog about being gender queer/non-binary, having a partner who transitions, our journey through fertility, pregnancy, and parenting, and musings about the gendered aspects of society"
Purple and Green and the Life in Between
By Meaghan Ray. Blog & podcasts. (Alberta)
“...a blog about being gender queer/non-binary, having a partner who transitions, and musings about the gendered aspects of society.” They also publish a podcast series called "Let’s Talk Gender Podcasts."
Author. Advocate. Advisor. Blogger... (Alberta)
“Former ICU nurse turned author, coach to parents of transgender children and a mom to a transgender son and 3 other amazing kids, and advocate for all LGBTQ+.”
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TammyPlunkettAuthor/
Centre Métropolitain de Chirurgie – Blogs / GrS Montreal hospital
Various trans surgery-related articles can be found in the blog section of the website of the GrS Montreal (Centre Métropolitain de Chirurgie) hospital, where the majority of the gender surgeries take place for Albertans. Including historical aspects, personal interviews, etc.
US & International
Experiences of a parent
“This is a blog, written by a parent of a newly-out transgender youth. It was originally composed to an audience of coworkers, to help them understand the dynamics of the decision and the issues that were potentially to come.”
Gender from the trenches: Amplifying voices from the trans community
Brought to you by Martie Sirois. (US)
“Through the authentic stories of trans adults and parents of trans kids, GftT aims to inform as much as inspire. Brought to you by writer, trans advocate, and fierce “MamaBear” Martie Sirois, GftT invites you to step out of your comfort zone, explore gender, and see beyond the binary.”
Growing up transgender: Raising our transgender child
“We are parents in a family that includes a young trans child. We are blogging anonymously to protect their (and our identities).”
His mom: A journey
“I am not a writer. I am an executive (who has a social worker’s heart!) and a wife who happens to have a CIS son and a transgender son. Along with helping me digest my thoughts, I simply hope this helps some other parents out there who are on a similar journey. If your world is similar to mine, I’d love for you to comment and share! (Side note – I write on topics when I think about them so these posts are not exactly in chronological order! You may read about some of my recent experiences and then…BAM!…you’ll read about experiences from a few years ago!)”
Let’s queer things up!
By Sam Dylan Finch. Blog. (US)
“Hi there! My name is Sam Dylan Finch. I’m a 29-year-old writer and wellness coach, living in Portland, Oregon. He or they pronouns are fine by me! I started Let’s Queer Things Up! seven years ago, hoping to empower LGBTQ+ people to take command of their mental health. LQTU is equal parts advice blog and personal journey….”
Raising fabulous: A dad’s journey with his transgender daughter (blog)
“I’m the father of a gender fluid son, and my goal isn’t to necessarily educate or sensationalize what myself, my son, or my family is going through. The purpose of this blog is for me to work through the thoughts that seem to be rampaging through my head on any given day as I deal with our new normal. If, you stumble across this and it gives you some peace of mind to know that you’re not the only one, or that the thoughts and feelings you have are completely normal then that’s great. If not, then that’s alright as well, because I’m doing this for my piece of mind for as long as I need to, and perhaps when my son (or daughter) is older he (or she) might find it interesting to read, or not.”
A blog sponsored by the MAMA BEARS ORGANIZATION – for more info visit https://realmamabears.org
“Being a parent isn’t about doing what is easy. It’s about doing what is best for your child.”
Trans-Parenting: Supporting transgender youth & their families
By Debi, parent of a transgender child. Blog and podcasts. (US)
‘Trans-Parenting is an organization dedicated to providing support and educational resources to parents and their advocates (pediatricians, mental health professionals, lawyers, schools, friends, family, and churches) raising a gender independent child.’
Transgender teen survival guide
“We are a blog created for people of all ages who have questions concerning their gender identity.”
With Jackson Bird. NY. Podcasts. (US)
“Transmission is breaking transgender stereotypes one episode at a time. Host Jackson Bird sits down with a fellow trans person each episode to talk about their experiences in our new age of heightened trans visibility.”
Blog in French. Female to male (FTM) focus.
“Sharing the life of a parent of a trans child, without taboos or restraints.”
By Leslie Lagerstrom. Blog.
“Transparenthood™ was a long time in coming, something I have wanted to do since we began our search for answers back in 2004 and found very little good information about transgender children (or gender variant children, which is the more common name used by the medical community). What I uncovered back then terrified me and proved less than accurate to be kind, or flat out wrong if I were to be completely candid. It was at that point that I knew I needed to capture what we have learned to make things easier for others someday. Fast forward seven years, throw in an unexpected retirement from a 21-year corporate career and the accumulation of what already feels like a lifetime of experiences, and the time was finally right for me to share our story. I am the mom of a transgender child. Put in the most simple of terms Sam’s mind and biology do not match. Sam was assigned female at birth, but has identified as being male since he could speak and is now living his life as one. It is my hope that in sharing our uncommon journey through this blog, it will help families in the same situation find solace, and for society at large to discover acceptance for people who really are just like you and me.”
A blog by a trans teenager in the US.
Various interesting blogs: Confused? Start here / On allyship / Combat transphobia / Misconceptions debunked / Glossary of terms / … other resources too.
Vanessa Lee Nic. Listen.
”I have a podcast on Anchor FM where I discuss all things about my journey of parenting a trans kiddo.” Oct 2014-May 2020. (US)
About Vanessa: Writer of Life. Advocate. Activist. Ally. Blogger under name Vanessa Nichols.
“In January 2018, my son came out as transgender and much of my writing is dedicated to him, to our journey, and to my personal journey. This has been a learning process for me as a mom, to educate myself on what it means to be transgender. This road as a parent of a trans child is ever-evolving. My son is teaching me everything I need to know so I follow his lead. You’ll find that if you go back in my writings, prior to my son coming out, if you read between the lines, or in some cases, read the lines themselves, you’ll feel my struggle of coming to the understanding of having a trans child, and hopefully, you’ll also be able to feel my absolute unconditional love for him, too. My writings sometimes are sporadic, sometimes they’re messy, sometimes they’re raw. Much like life.”