"Queerspawn answer, on their own terms, the litany of questions proposed to them by
friends, coworkers, strangers, anyone and everyone who has decided throughout their
lives to ask what it’s like to be raised by queer parents. Sometimes these questions are
asked in genuine and loving ways, but too often they are voyeuristic, titillating, upsetting.
They don’t want to be your circus sideshow, your poster child, or your role model. They
have claimed the pages of Us Kids to share their complicated stories of playgrounds,
potlucks, pride marches, secrets, family, dancing, desire, mourning, and an intimate view
of the best and worst of queer culture."
- Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, Author of How to Get a Girl Pregnant
Sadie Epstein-Fine was born in 1992 to her two moms, surrounded by 11 other women in
their home in Toronto. Raised going to Take Back the Night Marches and Jewish Women
Against the Occupation protests, Sadie combines her passion for activism with her
professional theatre career, as a queer/political theatre maker and Associate Artistic
Director at Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s foremost feminist theatre company.
Makeda Zook was born in Vancouver in 1986 to her two lesbian feminist moms. She is a
white femme raised by a brown Jamaican femme and a white American butch who
surrounded her with anti-oppression politics and chosen queer family. Makeda grew up in
Toronto going to dyke marches and being encouraged to talk about her feelings. She
recently completed her Masters of Public Health and currently works in sexual health
promotion for a feminist NGO.