Martie Sirois
TGNC advocate, founder of S.E.A.R.CH., mom of 3, www.gendercreativelife.com

Martie Todd Sirois is a writer/speaker/educator who advocates for TGNC (trans and/or gender non-conforming) people, especially children who don't often get a voice. Martie is the founder & program manager of S.E.A.R.CH. (Safe Environment for the Acceptance of Rainbow CHildren), a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh that serves as a playgroup for TGNC children, and as a discussion group for parents. Though she has a musical theatre background, Martie got her public start in writing when she was cast in the RDU 2016 production of "Listen To Your Mother," an Ann Imig Production, giving "motherhood a microphone" in 41 cities across the country. In addition to being a frequent contributor to HuffPost, Martie also has written for Scary Mommy, That Odd Mom, The Good Men Project, and Spoke for Red Tricycle, among others. For her writing Martie has also been heard on radio, on both "The State of Things" with Frank Stasio (WUNC/NPR), and "Tell Me Everything" with John Fuglesang (Sirius XM Insight). Her works have been syndicated and translated by several online networks around the world. Martie is an active Southern Advisory Council board member of The Family Equality Council, and has presented in training workshops for the Safe Schools of NC annual LGBT Conference for Educators. She is often invited to be a speaker or guest lecturer on gender diversity. Martie also loves living and volunteering around her hometown with her husband Matt, their three lovely children, their elderly Tuxedo cat, and their American Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer mix puppy. Visit her online at: www.gendercreativelife.com

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