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Staceyann Chin
Staceyann is the author of the memoir "The Other Side of Paradise."

A proud Jamaican national, Staceyann’s voice was featured on "The Oprah Show," where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming out there.

Widely known as co-writer and original performer in the Tony-Award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, her poetry has seen the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Café, one-woman shows off-Broadway and writing workshops in Sweden, South Africa and Australia. Chin’s three one-woman shows, "Hands Afire," "Unspeakable Things" and "Border/Clash" all opened to rave reviews at the Culture Project in New York City.

Chin is the recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, and the 2009 New York State Senate Award. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

Be it on “60 Minutes” or in The New York Times, Staceyann has a reputation for telling it exactly like it is.

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Entries by Staceyann Chin

So You Went Ahead and Got Knocked Up...

(35) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 10:03 AM

When you love your kid, and you wanted your kid, and you had so many people telling you that you shouldn't (have) had a kid alone, it's hard admitting, much less articulating/publicizing the challenges you face being a single, artist, lesbian, mom. I imagine that some of the difficulties are...

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(12) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 7:43 PM

At 11 days before my due date, I was as graceful as a duck, as big as a cow, and cautiously optimistic about my miserable pregnancy.

I had used up all my resources to get knocked-up: surgeries, IVF, complicated donor ruminations, etc. And it had been a tense pregnancy,...

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Motherhood: Ecstatic, Frenzied, and Exhausted

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 1:16 AM

Last year, on Mother's day, I found out I was pregnant.

How it all happened was rather dramatic. Against the backdrop of an unexpected breakup and two blocked fallopian tubes, I peed three days early on a home pregnancy test and watched in amazement as a faint second line got...

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Coming Out Pregnant!

(59) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 1:59 PM

Everyone in my building knows I'm a dyke: largely because I have lived in the same Brooklyn building for more than a decade. In that time I have been the odd girl with the wild hair, the barefoot woman comparing mangoes and the flesh of a woman on Broadway, the...

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Passion, Pregnancy and the Promise of the Rapture.

(60) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 5:26 PM

Long before I got knocked up, or more accurately, as soon as I paid all that money to get myself knocked up at the Batzofin Fertility Clinic, people told me how amazing my sex life would be when I did get pregnant. I was sure to be a ball of...

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Surviving Halloween, Bedrest, and The Baby Registry

(14) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 6:20 PM

I never watch horror movies. Even the funny ones leave me too unnerved to sleep alone, and since I have mostly lived by myself for two decades I avoid the bloody things. I prefer the more understandable tragedies of Law & Order marathons. Plus I get to enjoy the fine...

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Baby, Love and Going Home

(68) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 6:15 PM

I'm writing this from my hospital bed in New York City, encased by two sturdy, raised, side bedrails and a rolling tray with ginger ale, orange gelatin, (whatever that is) and some beef broth I know from experience tastes like day-old bathwater. My glasses are somewhere around, perhaps buried in...

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Am I Talking To A Boy Or Girl?

(21) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 7:00 PM

From the moment I began to tell folks I was carrying a little person inside me, I've been dodging the question of gender/sex. And because I decided beforehand that I would not find out, I would seek out the most creative ways to sidestep the question. Well, does it that...

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Open Letter to My Unborn Daughter (or Son)

(22) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 6:28 PM

Dear Daughter (or Son),

Some people are concerned that I am sharing too many details about you and the way you came to be in my public writings. They worry that knowing too much about your biological father, or knowing too little about him, or having an openly gay mother,...

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A Single Lesbian's Quest for Motherhood

(412) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 8:34 PM

I spent my teenage years being terrified of getting pregnant. Every Bible lesson, biology lesson, and casual reference to the future was marked with the warning: if you get pregnant, your life is over. Though I knew I wanted a family someday, I took heed, and I avoided sex for...

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