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The Atypical Rainbow

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We want this podcast to be a community of people sharing their stories about being gay, being parents, having autism, raising kids with autism and, in our case, all of the above.In this world, it's easy to feel alone and feel like no one understands you. Sometimes all you need to hear is someone else complain about their kids or struggle with anxiety and suddenly, you're not so alone. That's what we want to offer.We're not here to give advice. We may be a GP and a high school teacher between us, but that doesn't mean we know everything. That's not the point. We're not here to judge or teach. We are just here to be with you and hopefully, you'll hang out with us too.Please hang out with us. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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We want this podcast to be a community of people sharing their stories about being gay, being parents, having autism, raising kids with autism and, in our case, all of the above.In this world, it's easy to feel alone and feel like no one understands you. Sometimes all you need to hear is someone else complain about their kids or struggle with anxiety and suddenly, you're not so alone. That's what we want to offer.We're not here to give advice. We may be a GP and a high school teacher between us, but that doesn't mean we know everything. That's not the point. We're not here to judge or teach. We are just here to be with you and hopefully, you'll hang out with us too.Please hang out with us. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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The Atypical Rainbow

Latest release on Dec 15, 2020

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Rank #1: His & His-tory: Family Celebrations

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In this, our final episode for 2020 and the end of our very first season of podcasting, we reminisce about family occasions that have exhausted and occupied us, including birthdays, Christmases and Chinese New Years. We talk about how we use our children to escape family occasions, how to navigate familial demands, and why 1st birthday parties are sort of dumb, but only in hindsight. Merry end of the year to us all! 2020, we can't wait to see the back of you.

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Dec 15 2020

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Rank #2: Gay-ly Life: Work-family-life balance

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In the wake of a new puppy causing us sleepless nights, we talk about the responsibilities of being a parent and how the room it takes up in your life requires you to give up something. We talking about the myth of "having it all", how having a family influences the career choices you make, how our parents' decisions influence our parenting style and, finally, why Matt will not longer make Grant a robot so that he remains immortal.

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Dec 08 2020

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Rank #3: Spectrum Analysis: The Answer

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Using the jumping off point of The Good Place, Season 4, Episode 9, "The Answer", we talk about why the search for answers is never-ending and, invariably, unsatisfying. We talk about how why we receive advice differently from our parents than we do others, how we would want to build a healthy teenage-parent relationship with our kids, how multipotentiality and choice can be crippling, and why religion makes the dilemma of choice so much easier (and no, this is not some religious conversion episode).

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Dec 02 2020

36mins

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Rank #4: His & His-tory: Extra-curricular (toddler and child) activities

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In the toddler years, Grant and I explored a variety of different kid-based activities to help increase their exposure to new things, to add more structure to our week and so that Grant didn't feel like a hermit anymore. In this episode, we talk about our adventures through toddler classes, including, Japanese right brain training classes (disaster), Leaping Lizards (like Kindergym, only sportier), music class (including the dreaded recorder), art class, soccer, karate and even ASD-specific gymnastics classes.

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Nov 24 2020

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Rank #5: Gay-ly Life: Honesty

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CONTENT WARNING: in this episode, we mention suicide, euthanasia, gun violence, war, cancer and domestic violence, but do not discuss it in great detail. If any of these topics cause you distress, we recommend you do not listen to this episode. If you are experiencing any trauma, family violence or mental illness, please seek the help of your local health professional or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

In this episode, we talk about whether honesty is a black-and-white virtue. We discuss how honest we will be with our kids on sensitive matters, the effect of honesty on friendships, why sitcoms gave us the wrong idea about sex, why Matt wants to be a Hufflepuff, why Jake is a justice warrior and why honesty is a 2 way street.

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Nov 17 2020

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Rank #6: Spectrum Analysis: Neurotribes and autistic history

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In our "History" double-header, we were inspired by Neurotribes, a book we've mentioned a few times in previous episodes, to talk about Nazis (always a fun topic), how an early diagnosis can positively and negatively influences your choices, why diagnosing Albert Einstein with autism is technically impossible, and why perception of autism influences how a person with autism is and could be treated.

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Nov 10 2020

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Rank #7: The Rainbow Dissection: The Influence of History

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We dive back into the political cesspool, starting with our personal coming out experiences and how society's perception of homosexuality defined our choices. We then broaden out to the history of gay rights, the importance of finding your people in the 1960s and our fears and hopes for the future. All we ask is that history does not repeat itself, and we hope that we, as a society, can achieve that through vigilance, acceptance and by honouring those before us who fought for the rights we have now. We talk about backsliding, Royal Commissions and ask the question: what will it take for society to change?


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Nov 03 2020

31mins

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Rank #8: Spectrum Analysis: Does accommodation become problematic?

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Is giving children with autism a blue pail for Halloween discrimination or is it a kindness? We talk about how labels and accommodation can be viewed as either a tool of exclusion or inclusion, depending on the action and the intent. We talk about Cerebral Palsy and the Paralympics, the discrimination of low expectations and, most importantly, human kindness. Happy Halloween to those celebrating it!

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Oct 27 2020

32mins

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Rank #9: Gay-ly Life: Who's Responsibility Is Your Happiness?

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The simple answer is that happiness is a shared responsibility. The real answer is far more complicated, and requires every individual to acknowledge their role in someone's life and to recognise how they influence another person's happiness. Whether it's by supporting their needs or accepting their identities, everyone can make a difference. We talk about individual responsibility, the frustrations that come with having to explain your needs and how kindness should be priority number one for everyone.

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Oct 20 2020

30mins

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Rank #10: The Rainbow Dissection: Australian Altruistic Surrogacy

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In our very first interview, we talk to Terry about his experience with Australian altruistic surrogacy. He talks about having a baby in the time of COVID (particularly in light of Melbourne's lockdown), how altruistic surrogacy is like group dating, the different ways that he and his partner, Ben, tried to make their family, and tells us what he wish he'd known before entering the surrogacy process.

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Oct 13 2020

32mins

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