In this episode Ryan spills the beans on what it was like meeting their birthmother for the first time! We talk about the additional complexities involved in being a trans and queer adoptee searching for birth family - incl. explaining one's gender identity and relationship, DNA testing, and fear of rejection. We also touch on themes relevant to cis and trans adoptees alike: What does it mean to forgive? And if we are 'reunited' with birth family, how do we create and sustain meaningful connections? P.s. Scroll back to Episode 4 to hear about Ryan's birth family search, if you haven't listened already!