The Untold Stories Project

The Untold Stories Project is a living room reading campaign to support new ways to think, listen, and share about reproduction.

Participate in the project by signing up to host your own reading group discussion!

What stories about sex & reproduction are left untold?

Our book Untold Stories: Life, Love, and Reproduction explores the sexual and reproductive experiences of 17 people who talk about what it is like to grow up as an intersex person, have an abortion, place a child for adoption, experience infertility, go through a gender transition as a parent, and much more. The authors approach their storytelling with an exhilarating honesty that transcends the page and, in the words of one author, “cracks your heart open.” 

We recently released our evaluation report for the first year of the Untold Stories Project —  find out just how impactful sharing personal reproductive experiences can be, especially when it comes to increasing empathy.

Get Involved with the Untold Stories Project


Host a reading group

Participate in the project by reading and discussing Untold Stories with friends, family, neighbors, or colleagues. Sign up here and we’ll let you know if you and your group are eligible for free books!

Buy the book

Untold Stories: Life, Love, & Reproduction is available to purchase on Amazon as a paperback or as an ebook. Already read the book? Please leave us a review on Amazon or Goodreads!


Contact Us

There are many ways to engage in the Untold Stories Project, from holding a reading group with your friends to recruiting volunteers to participate. Email us to talk about ways to get involved!

So many people pull themselves through strenuous moments in life and before they can even grasp how they feel, society slaps them with degradation that forces self-shame.

Alisa A. Gaston-Linn

The most meaningful way to support others is to listen with an open heart, respond without judgment, and love without conditions.

Karen Harris Thurston

The voices of people who were adopted as well as the parents who relinquished their rights are both needed for a deeper understanding of adoption.

Angelique Saavedra

I decided that telling my own story was a step I could take to decrease abortion stigma.

Debbie Bamberger

I wish people knew that the pursuit of parenthood is a human right.

Desaray Smith

I am honored to open up the conversation around reproduction to include people with divergent bodies.

Sean Saifa Wall

Choosing not to have children is different than not ending up with children.

Monica McLemore

What happens when we read and discuss true stories about reproduction?

Over the last year, we recruited 65 reading groups in 25 states to participate in the Untold Stories Project. We conducted an in-depth evaluation of their experiences, and most people shared that the project was “eye-opening,” gave them “more empathy,” and made them “more open to the nuance of reproductive decisions.”

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