The Next Family: How did you start your family?
Angie: Kami and I had been together for about fours years before we started trying to have a family. We used a sperm bank and found a donor that had physical characteristics that resembled me as well as had traits that we felt represented our family. Kami did an IUI insemination and got pregnant on the first try. We were very fortunate!
The Next Family: How did you two meet?
Angie: I found out that I got my first teaching job and decided to go out with friends that night to celebrate. Some mutual friends had invited Kami and wanted us to meet. We hit it off as soon as we started talking and the rest was history!
The Next Family: Did you always want to have kids?
Angie: Not really. I think growing up you are instilled with the idea that one day you will be married and have kids but we didn’t think that it was for us. We enjoyed traveling and the freedom of not having kids. But over time and seeing friends make the decision to have kids, we realized it was something that we wanted.
The Next Family: Where do you live?
Angie: We live in West Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Next Family: What is the greatest (and the toughest) thing about being a parent?
Angie: The toughest thing about being a parent is the sacrifice of not being able to go and do whatever we want when we want. The greatest thing about being a parent is the unconditional love that we feel towards our daughter and watching all of her milestones as she grows.
The Next Family: Does your family feel adversity?
Angie: When we had our daughter in February of 2015, we were already legally married in the State of Utah. The hospital and state refused to allow me to be on the birth certificate, even though with legally married heterosexual couples who use assisted reproduction, the state allows the male spouse to be put on the birth certificate. They wanted us to go through an expensive and evasive process of adoption, which in turn was discrimination. We took the state to court and won! I could be put on the birth certificate and the policy now extends to all families in Utah!
The Next Family: Do you have any advice for LGBTQ youth?
Angie: Know that you are loved and beautiful the way you are. If you don’t find support at home, there are support groups and people out there that want to help. Reach out to them.
The Next Family: What’s one life lesson you want to teach your children?
Angie: To be strong, independent individuals that can do whatever they put their minds to. Also, to fight for what is right and for what they believe in.
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