Articles written by: Susan

Susan is a writer, editor, essayist and blogger (Mama Non Grata), and coeditor of the award-winning anthology And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families (Insomniac Press, 2009). Her personal essays have been featured in Ms. magazine, Lilithmagazine, Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press, 2012), Chasing Rainbows: Exploring Gender-Fluid Parenting Practices (forthcoming, Demeter Press), McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit textbook series, Xtra!, interfaithfamily.com and The Globe & Mail, among others. Susan lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with her partner, their two sons, two cats, and approximately a trillion Pokémon cards.

Talking to Kids about Transgender Awareness
Family / Parenting

Talking to Kids about Transgender Awareness

It’s Transgender Awareness Week but our conversations with our children can never be summed up in a single week.

Moving Forward in Tandem
Life / Sex & relationships

Moving Forward in Tandem

Weekly walks can inspire us, connect us and lead to important conversations.

My Gay Husband
Extended family / Family

My Gay Husband

Everyone needs a gay husband. Even queer women.

Sibling Rivalry, All Grown Up
Extended family / Family / Kids

Sibling Rivalry, All Grown Up

I have a confession to make: I’m teaching myself how to play the guitar.

Rewriting the Ending: Patrick Ness’s More Than This
Books / Culture

Rewriting the Ending: Patrick Ness’s More Than This

I’m reading Patrick Ness’s More Than This. It’s the kind of book I never read — young adult, science fiction, post-apocalyptic — and that may be a mistake because it’s fabulous.

PHOTO CREDIT: SUSAN GOLDBERG
Family / Kids / Parenting

Enjoying ourselves in spite of it all

This past weekend, we did Things My Kids Didn’t Want to Do but Found out That They Did Want to Do Anyway after We Forced Them to the Things.

Just like everybody else and totally unique
Identity / Life

Just like everybody else and totally unique

Queer parents, like any other parents coming at this job from a unique perspective (which is to say, pretty much everyone) must constantly straddle the boundaries between being seen as “just like everybody else” and “totally unique.”

Maybe it's me on the phone. Maybe it isn't.  You'll never know.
Sex & relationships

Perks of same-sex relationships

Here at VillageQ, we don’t recruit. We don’t need to: we figure that our collective awesomeness is enough to pull those of you who might have been hovering over to the Q side without us having to do any real work. That said, I do want to point out one […]

On convenience, winter, and children
Family / Kids / Parenting

On convenience, winter, and children

Winter is… inconvenient. Or, at least, that’s one word for it. It is inconvenient to stand, frozen (no pun intended) at your car door, as you try to figure out precisely how to access your car keys, which are deep inside your coat pocket, with your clumsy, mittened hands. The […]

Gay little conversations with little gays
Family / Kids / Parenting

Gay little conversations with little gays

It was 4:45 AM and I had snuck into my six-year-old’s bedroom for one last kiss before heading to the airport. My muffled attempts to get ready as quietly as possible had woken him anyway — he’s a light sleeper — and I figured that I might as well take […]