March 31, 2020

Love Lives Here

Love Lives Here

Zoe Knox is a mother of four and high-tech professional in telecommunications. Her wife, Amanda Jetté Knox, is a human rights advocate, author and public speaker. They live in Ottawa, Canada and have four children. The family’s message of unconditional love and acceptance has been featured by media outlets worldwide, including BBC, O Magazine, Buzzfeed, Upworthy, The Independent UK and many others. Amanda has written a memoir of her family’s journey entitled Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family, which was published by Penguin Canada and is a #1 Canadian bestseller.

Introduction

Merriam-Webster’s definition of a family is “the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children.” So why should it be different when a family has a trans kid or even a trans parent? After all, being a parent means to care and support their kids unconditionally.

 

Meet Zoe Knox (she/her/hers) and Amanda Jette Knox (she/her/hers)

 

Zoe Knox is a mother of four working in high-tech telecommunications. Her wife, Amanda Jette Knox, is a human rights advocate, author, and public speaker. They live in Ottawa, Canada, and have four children. The family’s message of unconditional love and acceptance has been featured by media outlets worldwide, including BBC, O Magazine, Buzzfeed, Upworthy, The Independent UK, and many others. Amanda has written a memoir of her family’s journey entitled Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family, which was published by Penguin Canada and is a #1 Canadian bestseller.

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode we talk about:

-        Supporting your trans kid 

-        Advice for trans youth  

-        Concerns for young trans kids

-        Gender roles in family dynamics

-        Writing Love Lives Here

 

Quotables

 

“You don’t have to understand something to support someone through it; you just have to support.” – Amanda Knox

 

“There is a lot of well-meaning but misleading information out there. If you don’t know how to separate the good stuff from the not so good stuff it can be really daunting.” – Zoe Knox

 

“I wish that I had sat and listened more than I spoke.” – Amanda Knox

 

“My theory for the reason why a lot of cis people are so concerned about kids transitioning is because we really can’t put ourselves in that place.” – Amanda Knox

 

“It’s really important that we give people a chance when they’re younger to tell us who they really are, and they get to grow up as who they are and not have to struggle later on. – Zoe Knox

 

“That’s why I dealt with such internal transphobia for long because literally, the first thing I go reading is either pornography or not so nice things.” – Kayden Taylor

 

“I got to learn who I really am and how incredible that is just to live your authentic life.” – Zoe Knox

 

 

 

Resources

 

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

https://pflag.org/

 

Gender Creative Kids Canada

https://gendercreativekids.ca/

 

Mermaids

https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/

 

Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/566534/love-lives-here-by-amanda-jette-knox/9780735235175