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 is now married to a woman, 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, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Us Weekly, Uproxx, 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 is also a newly-minted TedX speaker.
The pair recently worked with the American Counseling Association and the Human Rights Council to bring international awareness of issues affecting transgender youth. They speak as often as they can to whoever will listen, including to hospital staff, youth organizations, mental health professionals and school boards.
Today, Amanda lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her wife, daughter, 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.
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