As gay adoptive parents, Biff Chaplow and Trystan Reese exploded into the public eye after being featured on the parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time. Their trans pregnancy story has since been covered by People Magazine, on Buzzfeed, on CNN, and in hundreds of other outlets across the globe.
Listeners and readers have been captivated by their honest, raw accounting of becoming "accidental gay parents" when a sister suddenly couldn't care for her kids, and these two 20-something guys were thrust into the world of parenting.
Now that their family is complete, Biff and Trystan are excited to continue sharing their story of love, courage, and family with the world.
"...One of the most moving and powerful expressions of family I have ever heard."
I forced myself to pick up the keys, kiss Biff goodbye, and just... go. The show was in a coworking space in the Industrial district of inner southeast Portland. I did sit alone, but the place was packed so it didn't matter. It was light in the space and there was no smoke, bar, or yelling.
In the ocean surrounding Indralaya, microscopic plankton emit a bioluminescent light that reacts to movement in the water. So in the dead of night, when the sun has completely set, you can swim in the pitch black ocean and your body will light up as it moves. Everyone at camp does this midnight swim at some point in the week every year... except me.
So after much hemming and hawing, I've decided to pursue top surgery. I have so many fears about it-- taking the time off work and burdening my coworkers with my slack, healing time and the way that will impact Biff and the kids, out of pocket costs and how our budget can sustain that hit. But this is my Year of Yes.