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Endometriosis, Juliet Butler, Gay parenting

Endometriosis and the impact on relationships, Juliet Butler on her friendship with conjoined twins Masha and Dasha, and Sarah Hagger-Holt and David Ledain on being a gay parent.

Women with Endometriosis and their partners can now get support and advice on coping with a diagnosis. Emma Barnett speaks to Nicky Hudson, Professor of Medical Sociology at De Montfort University whose research has lead to new online resources and couple classes soon to be run by Endometriosis UK. And a couple who have been dealing with the condition since the start of their relationship describe how it affects everything from their social life to sexual intimacy.

Juliet Butler's debut novel The Less You Know the Sounder You Sleep came out of her friendship with the Soviet conjoined twins Masha and Dasha. She met them in Russia in 1988 when working as a journalist, they remained close until Masha and Dasha died 25 years later. Juliet Butler joins Emma to explain why she wanted to tell the story from the point of view of Dasha and why their stories continue to inspire her.

Another in our series of wedding dresses that never made it to the big day. Elizabeth has bipolar disorder and she explains how she made the wrong choice of wedding dress and how she was eventually helped to find the one that was just right.

The LGBT charity Stonewall estimates there are more than 20,000 children in the UK growing up in families with same-sex parents. Changes in social attitudes, the law and medical technology mean that more gay people are becoming parents. Emma talks to Sarah Hagger-Holt, a lesbian mum of two and author of "Pride and Joy" and David Ledain, author of "Gay Dad" and also a father of two.

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58 minutes


  • Endometriosis

    Duration: 11:15

  • Unworn wedding dresses

    Duration: 07:51

  • Remembering Dame Helen Alexander

    Duration: 03:21

  • Juliet Butler

    Duration: 10:11

  • Gay parenting

    Duration: 09:37

LGBT Parenting

Listen to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat documentary - 'My Lesbian Mums' - here.

Family Lives - Same Sex Parenting

Stonewall - Parenting Advice


Role Contributor
Presenter Emma Barnett
Producer Caroline Donne
Interviewed Guest Nicky Hudson
Interviewed Guest Juliet Butler
Interviewed Guest Sarah Hagger-Holt
Interviewed Guest David Ledain


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