Amanda Jetté Knox is an award-winning writer, human rights advocate and public speaker. She also loves coffee. If coffee were a person, they would braid each others' hair.
In early 2014, her middle child came out to the family as a transgender girl, shifting the focus of her mom’s writing career towards LGBTQ+ rights and education. Alexis' journey changed everything, and taught Amanda a great deal about courage, compassion and authenticity. It made her a better person. Full stop.
A few months later, inspired by Alexis' courage, Amanda’s spouse, Zoe, came out as a transgender woman. It’s been two years of very big changes for this family! Amanda’s wife is now living openly, her kids have two moms, and there is a permanent rainbow over the house that unicorns like to prance around on. It's all very gay.
Amanda is the recipient of the 2014 Joan Gullen Journalism Award for Media Excellence in small print. Her work - and her family's journey so far - has been featured on CBC, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Us Weekly, Ottawa Family Living, The Today Show, and various other national and international publications, podcasts and media outlets.
In 2016, Microsoft Canada featured Amanda and Alexis as two of six Canadian change makers who they believe are making a big impact through the use of technology. Amanda and Alexis, alongside Microsoft VP of Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito, spoke at WE Day Vancounver, 2016.
Amanda has taken her message of love, support and inclusion to stages across the country, from speaking to government officials on Parliament Hill to delivering a keynote address on International Women’s Day in Banff. Her message is clear and simple: if we want to make a difference in the world, we have to lead with love.
Amanda and Zoe are now in the process of adopting Alexis’s best friend, Ashley, who has been living with them since March 2018. Love grows.
Today, Amanda lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her wife, two daughters, two sons, and a coffee maker that never quits. The names and pronouns have changed, but the love hasn't.
And in the end, isn't it all about love? And braiding coffee's hair if coffee were an actual person?
You know it.