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Celebrating The Diversity of Motherhood

Love doesn’t look a certain way, and neither do families

Oakland, CA– This Mother’s Day, Wear Your Voice Magazine, an intersectional feminist publication, is celebrating the diversity of motherhood with our latest campaign: #MoreThanMom. Every mother is more than a mom.  At Wear Your Voice, we realize that motherhood is different for everyone. Every parent plays a different role than the parent beside them, and every child defines their parent in a different way. As many as six million American children and adults have LGBTQIA parents and out of about 12 million single parent families in 2014, more than 80% were headed by single mothers and ten percent of children live with someone other than a biological parent.

Wear Your Voice invited 7 families to participate in a photoshoot that represented  families from different backgrounds. Each family chosen for the shoot breaks the “traditional” mold of what it means to be a mom.  A full list of images are available here. Photo credit Suma Jane Dark for Wear Your Voice Magazine.


About The Participants

Cian is a non-binary parent raising a daughter, Arlo, who was assigned male at birth (AMAB), now allowed to define who they are on their own terms. The mother and their partner, Zach (not pictured), both are called “Mom” by Arlo since Arlo’s birth father is called “Dad.” Cian is involved in the activist community and committed to safe community spaces and educating the community on their rights.

Sarah is a transgender woman raising a teenage daughter, Becca.  She shares parenting duty with her ex-wife. Sarah transitioned before Becca was born and is in her fifties, which differentiates her experience a great deal from the younger mothers in this series.

Christina and Charlie anticipate their wedding day in front of their three children as witnesses next April following the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize LGBT marriages. Christina who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome type 3, a chronic illness that limits her mobility is the biological parent of the couple’s three children. The three children all identify as femme, but have chosen different pronouns for themselves. Christina says Charlie plays an integral role as parent to her children’s lives.  “Charlie knew I had kids and that we were a family and they decided to jump right in.”

MeLisa and Christin are an interracial lesbian couple, one of whom has a disability. They have been married for two years and are parents to Westley, a young boy. MeLisa works at UCSF as a research evaluator for the State of California’s teen pregnancy programs.  Christin works as a film producer on various short films and does film and social media consulting for non-profits.

Maya Songbird is a singer-songwriter raising her son Tyree as a single parent. As an artist, her son has grown up in many different “alternative” feminist spaces.

Sauyce West, a “super size” model debunks the notion that larger bodied parents aren’t capable of raising their children. She lost her partner, the father of Blythe, a mere nine months after her daughter was born.  Saucye’s mother has been a strong force in both of their lives, helping raise her child after his passing.

Suellen and Duleesha are an interracial family of Southeast Asian and East Asian descent. Both pairs of grandparents help raise the three energetic young boys (a set of twins and an older brother) when they visit for several months at a time from overseas from Sri Lanka and Singapore.


We want to take our vision from the studio to social media– Wear Your Voice invites you to share with us your photos of how you celebrate Mother’s Day with the hashtag #morethanmom.


Ema Grey is a native of the Bay Area with a degree in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle. She moved to Oakland after graduating while preparing for Graduate school, where she began working with Wear Your Voice producing and curating social media content. Her interests involve the intersection of archaeology with queer and feminist theory, body positivity, ableism, making WYV a brilliant outlet for her to continue exploring social justice and intersectional feminism while living outside the academic sphere. Ema has been working as an activist since high school, where her group of friends (with the self-coined epithet "the Pussy Posse") organized city-wide protests and walks for causes such body autonomy and Planned Parenthood. Her work in archaeology has taken her around the globe, where her interest in facilitating international conversations around women and social justice continues to flourish. As part of the team at WYV, she hopes to continue working as an active member of the community in Oakland and beyond to create meaningful dialogue and bring light to injustice. When she's not in the office or "researching" on the Internet, Ema can be found making coffee and biking around town.

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