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Emily, Cathy and Nancy


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Ever since she was little, Emily daydreamed about meeting her donor dad. He was a prince living in a far away land, a celebrity who had sent her a necklace, and possibly even George Bush. (The latter being more of a nightmare than a daydream.)

When Emily was thirteen, she found other kids who had family structures like hers. They also wondered and dreamed about the day when they might be able to meet the sperm donor who helped their moms have a child. But what really united this group of young people was being together in Provincetown, Mass. for Family Week -- the largest annual gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified families in the world.

This is the second chapter of a big story that takes up most of Rashomon Season 2. You will hear multiple families telling every side of multiple stories, all having to do with the early days of sperm banks and how it effected the lives of the families that used them. From Season 2, Episode 2 onward, it is important to listen to them in order to get the full story -- so go and listen to Sharon and Sammy first.

Rashomon is produced and hosted by Hillary Rea

Thank you to Emily McGranachan, Cathy McGrananchan, and Nancy Smith.

Music in this episode is by Ben Chace and Paul Defiglia

Podcast artwork is by Thom Lessner

Theme music is by Ryan Culinane courtesy of the Free Music Archive

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