Back in February, Rachel Parsons visited StoryCorps with her husband Nick Hnatiw, and had this message for their 8-month-old baby: “You and your father are two of the biggest surprises of my life. And one way we can show you how to be a good person is to share our authentic selves with you.” Before meeting Nick, Rachel had dated women almost exclusively. When they came to StoryCorps, Rachel wanted to talk frankly about her identity as a queer woman, who’s now married to a man. Nick talked about falling in love with Rachel after meeting her at a barbecue.
Bill Healy produces StoryCorps Chicago for WBEZ and teaches journalism at Northwestern University. Follow him @chicagoan.