Living your life as a transgender man always has an element of breaking convention and following your own path. In this episode we hear the story of how Aydian meets and marries Jenilee, and the difficult journey they embark on when they decide to start their own family.
It all started by chance, just two people who made Youtube Videos who came across each other. Then Jenilee reached out from Florida after she had broken up with her boyfriend at around the time that Aydian happened to have just broken up with his girlfriend on Long Island. A long distance relationship of texting and skyping soon became one with regular monthly visits that bridged the gap between them.
Jenilee fondly remembers these visits as the time where their relationship bloomed. "I felt as though he was showing me the part of himself he was not yet ready to show the world. I felt like I was in on this really beautiful secret."
On one of his many Florida visits, about 11 months into their relationship, Aydian innocently asked Jenilee to come with him to the beach to watch the sunset. This turned out to be anything but an innocent request. Before she knew it, Aydian was kneeling in the sand asking her to marry him. Although totally taken by surprise, Jenilee had no hesitation saying "yes".
The couple soon married and supported each other as they both pursued their careers. Before long they were contemplating the question of starting a family. Because of the need to consider donors and insemination methods, the process was sometimes daunting. "It was really overwhelming at first", Aydian recalled, "I think having a kid is overwhelming to begin with so having to put these extra steps in feels like barriers."
Follow the couple as they face and overcome the challenges and start their next phase of life together!
To see more of Aydian, visit Aydian's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ALionsFears
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Victoria Gouletas sensibly waited until after a Nor'easter had passed through their Connecticut town before venturing out to check for damage to her family's home. What she could not have expected was that a tree limb, weakened by the storm, would suddenly fall on her, forever altering the course of life for her and her family.
It was just one of thousands of new videos that are posted every day... but this one was different. Quickly, the story shifted into high gear and exploded as most viral videos do. It swept across the globe - 50,000… 300,000 … 1,000,000+ views - and overnight, Adam and Jared were social media stars.
A new baby is on the way and Trans Activist and motivational Speaker Aydian Dowling, and his wife, Jenilee, are clearly focused on planning for the future. This involves the need to think through how all the new things and new experiences they are going through will fit into their already crazy lifestyle.
At 15, Caly Bevier put her life on hold to battle ovarian cancer. Now, at 18, with her music propelling her forward, Caly is ready to release her new single, "Head Held High", and leave cancer in her dust.
Sonya del Gallego is a small, powerfully built, cheerful woman who doesn't exactly fit the profile of what one imagines when they think of a sumo wrestler. Not surprisingly, she is defiant in challenging gender stereotypes, and is an advocate for being yourself, regardless of whether it fits society's standards of "normal".
There's a bunch of teenagers swarming round a residential home, coming and going in a flurry and making a racket. Out of control party? Vandalism? Actually, these kids are volunteers, providing home repairs for elderly, disabled or low income residents in a small town, and trying to bring hope to their lives while making some lasting connections.
It's a given that adopting a dog from a shelter is a roll of the dice. There is typically little information about what that animal has been through and for how long, and the best you can do when you visit is take in what you see, hear, and feel and make your decision.