My Big Gay Family is a safe, inclusive space to explore and celebrate the depth and diversity of all LGBTIQ families.
The creators of My Big Gay Family
Zann Michaels and Chris Samios were colleagues in a small creative agency when they discovered a shared love of big ideas and a desire to change the world. For the last 6 years they’ve been friends and project partners. My Big Gay Family is their second LGBTIQ-focused project. Below, they explain why creating space for the LGBTIQ community is so important to them.
When I was a kid, gay people didn’t exist. I was raised in a country town, in a Mormon family, before the internet. Although my parents always allowed me to be my tomboy self, I didn’t know anyone else like me. As young teen, I figured it was easier to conform than to follow my heart, when that destination was completely unknown and undesirable.
I didn’t know a single real life out gay person until my late teens, when I began exploring my own newly discovered lesbianism. This was the early days of the internet, before social media. Information was scarce. Community was non-existent.
My entire 20’s was spent discovering who I was and how I could navigate the space in the world I occupied. It was constant learning, mostly through experience, as information just didn’t exist. From dating, to coming out at work, to undergoing IVF – normal life as an LGBTIQ person is filled with small and sometimes challenging complexities.
These days, I am happily married to a wonderful woman and we have two perfect daughters. I live openly and honestly because I know how important it is to be seen. I also appreciate how valuable information is.
My commitment is to help you be informed by providing educational content, diverse views and inclusive dialogue. I want you to feel empowered to make the right decisions for you, every day, in every situation. I want you to feel connected with your community and your family, the one you were born into the one you’ve made or the one you’ve chosen.
As a straight ally I believe it’s really important to support the LGBTIQ+ community and I am an advocate of socially conscious business practices.
I know that purely because of the way I was born, I am lucky enough to identify as someone people listen to more often than others and who has automatic acceptance. I am aware of that privilege and try to use to make spaces friendlier for other people.
Though I don’t know that many openly LGBTQI+ people, a handful of close friends identify as one or many of those groups and I personally can’t see why anyone wouldn’t want other people to feel happy and safe in their own skin and their own lives.