“Our transgender kids need their rights, they need access to healthcare, mental health care, they need to be cared for. But they also need boots that withstand 400 degrees because people are throwing fire at them.” – Kaya Wilson

Sarah Dingle and Kaya Wilson’s memoirs explore the discovery of long-held family secrets and their resounding intergenerational effects. When Kaya came out to his parents as transgender, a year after a near-death surfing accident, he was met with a startling family history of concealed queerness. Sarah was 27 when she found out she had been conceived via a sperm donor, but when she began digging she only discovered destroyed records and dead ends. With Maeve Marsden, Sarah (Brave New Humans) and Kaya (As Beautiful As Any Other) discuss Australia’s troubling treatment of donor-conceived and transgender children and adults.

Please note, this episode contains references to sexual assault and suicide.

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers’ Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms. 

Kaya Wilson (Australian)

Kaya Wilson

Kaya Wilson is a writer and tsunami scientist based in Canberra. His non-fiction writing blends essay and memoir to explore universal themes of identity, gender and origin. His work has been published widely, including by Pan Macmillan, Brow Books, The Guardian and Overland. In 2019, Kaya was the recipient of the Writing NSW Varuna Fellowship where he completed his first book As Beautiful as Any Other: A memoir of my body, published by Pan Macmillan.

Sarah Dingle (Australian)

Sarah Dingle

Sarah Dingle is a dual Walkley Award–winning ABC investigative reporter and presenter. Sarah was donor-conceived and in 2019 addressed the United Nations on the rights of the child in the age of biotechnology. Her work has won the Walkley Foundation’s Our Watch Award for reporting on violence against women and children, UN Media Peace Prizes, Amnesty Media Prizes and the Voiceless Media Prize. In 2010, she was the ABC’s Andrew Olle Scholar. Brave New Humans: The Dirty Reality of Donor Conception is her first book.

Maeve Marsden (Australian)

Maeve Marsden

Maeve Marsden is a writer and theatremaker. She was a 2020 Phillip Parsons fellow at Belvoir Theatre, and has written and performed in a number of critically acclaimed theatre productions, touring Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Maeve curates national storytelling project Queerstories, and her writing has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Junkee and Archer Magazine, among others.