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Martie Sirois

North Carolina, USA

Martie Todd Sirois (pronounced "Sir-ROY") is a writer who is a frequent HuffPost contributer, and has also been featured on BuzzFeed, Upworthy, Scary Mommy, That Odd Mom, Spoke for Red Tricycle, The Good Men Project, and many other media outlets. Some of her work has been translated and syndicated worldwide.

While she has enjoyed a 30+ year “spare time career” performing on stage as an award-winning actress in both musical and non-musical theatre, Martie now enjoys using her free time to write about any and everything - but mostly about life with three children, the youngest of whom has been gender non-conforming since the age of two-and-a-half. In the process of learning how best to support a TGNC child who avidly swims against the current, Martie has also unwittingly (but lovingly) become a speaker, educator, and advocate for the LGBTQ and especially, the TGNC (trans and gender non-conforming) communities.

As someone who "writes for therapy," and has kept numerous diaries and journals since the day she could hold a pencil, Martie got her first public and professional writing experience when she read a piece of hers out loud for the first time in an audition, and was then cast in the national, annual, live reading event series called Listen To Your Mother (RDU, 2016). LTYM allows local writers a platform to read their original work on motherhood (or about mothers) before a live audience, and to have their readings "enshrined" forever on YouTube, on the LTYM channel. (LTYM, founded by Ann Imig, concluded its eight-year run with a national series finale in 2017.) LTYM opened up many opportunities for Martie, starting with sharing some of her work on WUNC Radio's (NPR affiliate, NC) "The State of Things" with Frank Stasio.

For her writing, Martie has also been interviewed by John Fugelsang on SiriusXM Insight's "Tell Me Everything, With John Fugelsang;" by The Washington Post; by Kind World of WBUR Radio (NPR, Boston); and she particpated with her husband and TGNC child in "StoryCorps," the prestigious Peabody award-winning podcast that shares important unscripted conversations, with weekly broadcasts debuting on NPR's "Morning Edition." Martie's family's story was one of the recorded stories chosen by StoryCorps to be publicly aired in or around September of 2017.

Martie is also the founder and leader of S.E.A.R.CH. (Safe Environmient for the Acceptance of Rainbow CHildren), a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, that serves as a playgroup for TGNC children ages 12 and under, and as a discussion group for parents. S.E.A.R.CH. also has a secret Facebook group which currently allows over 260 members, from all over the country and beyond, to celebrate, and have connections with other parents & caregivers supportively raising TGNC children.

Martie proudly serves on The Family Equality Council, (Southern Advisory Board), and greatly enjoys opportunities to guest lecture or speak on gender, inclusiveness, gender diversity, and the issues facing TGNC people. She has presented on these topics at a range of locations, from public universities like NCSU, to more private settings among public school guidance counselor meetings. Martie also spoke on a panel that presented on the topic of creating safe & inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ students, in the Safe Schools of NC's annual Conference for Educators.

When not working or writing, Martie loves living and volunteering in her hometown in NC with her husband, Matt, their three beautiful children, and their two peculiar and lovable pets.

Visit her online at: www.gendercreativelife.com

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