Author's Note

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Summary

Amelia always knew she wanted to have lots of kids one day, but being married to a transgender man in a small southern town means the journey to parenthood won't be so clear-cut.

Sam knew when he started transitioning that life wouldn't always be easy for him, just like he knew he wouldn't be able to give his wife biological children, at least not in the traditional way.

Now that they're both settled in their careers and they've made plans to get a bigger place, Amelia and Sam are ready to start looking at their options to expand their family. With a lot of love between the two of them and a bit of science from the fertility clinic, they can still have what they've always wanted.

"You have no idea how long we've been waiting for you, and how much you are loved." - Sam Willems.


Author's Note

I'm back! It's been a while! It's been a dry well of inspiration lately [read: for the past year] and I've literally struggled with so many plots and so many first chapters that just never took off. I've finally got something I'm super pumped about though, and I'm excited to show you guys!

The first two chapters of this novel were published on June 8th 2018 to celebrate LGBT+ Pride Month. Every subsequent chapter will be posted every Friday afternoon (GMT-5) unless stated otherwise, so if you're not following me yet, please do so if you want to get updates on my schedule. I might upload a bonus chapter every now and then!

Don't ask me to update. It won't make me update faster.

Please note that this is a very, very rough first draft that will likely go through some major editing later. I haven't proofread a single thing and likely have missed a ton of typos, grammar and plot holes or inaccuracies. If you see them, do let me know, but please don't be a jerk about it. I'm aware I'm not perfect! ;_;


FAQ

This story is set in rural Georgia in the United States. I am not from the United States. I've never been to Georgia. I just like my southern belles and country boys. If things seem inaccurate, let me know and I'll do further research.

At the beginning of the story Sam is 32. Amelia is 27.

Sam is transgender (Female-to-Male) and started "transitioning" when he was nineteen. He doesn't want bottom surgery. He's a cool dude, K?

Amelia doesn't like labels, but she'll identify as pansexual to make everybody shut the eff up. She's a cinnamon roll.


Disclaimer (AKA Be nice, you butt-hole.)

I feel like I really shouldn't be stating this, but any negative comments toward the LGBT community will be deleted.

I am not transgender. I don't know what it's like to be Sam. I've also never experienced what it's like to go through IVF or pregnancy. I'm not writing from experience, only research, and some of my knowledge may not be 100% accurate. Let me know if you see some blatant mistakes!


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Here's where I beg for votes and stuff. This story will be submitted for the Wattys 2018 so every vote counts! I love your beautiful faces, each and every one of you!


Happy Pride Month 2018

Happy Pride Month! Do you know why we celebrate in June?

In 1969 it was still illegal to be gay. In major cities, people from the gay community could find safety from prejudice and harassment in local gay bars, but those were often subject to police harassment and brutality. One of those bars was the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.

On June 28th 1969, nine police officers stormed the Stonewall Inn and arrested the employees for operating without a liquor license. Many of the employees were roughed up. A few were taken into custody under the criminal statute that allowed the arrest of anyone not wearing at least three articles of gender-appropriate clothing.

People did not retreat, the way they did during previous such raids. They fought back. They threw bottles at the police officers, who called in reinforcements and barricaded themselves inside. The bar was set on fire.

For five days, around 400 people rioted for the rights of the LGBT community. While there were other riots by the community in the 1960s and 1970s, the Stonewall Riots stands out as one of the first times the community banded together to fight for social justice and civil rights. They became a rallying force for their generation.

Don't stop fighting for what you believe in and who you are. You're important. You matter. You are loved. Now go read my effin' story.  

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