Kael worked as a research assistant on a team of interdisciplinary researchers at the University of Guelph on a project entitled, “Precarious Inclusion: Studying Ontarian LGBTQ+ parents’ experiences childrearing in a post-legal parity framework.” Precarious Inclusion was an arts-informed, qualitative study about the inclusion and exclusion experiences of 2SLGBTQI+ parents across legal, institutional, and social domains. The first phase of this research consisted of semi-structured qualitative interviews with 2SLGBTQI+ parents of 32 families. The second phase included inviting several of these families to participate in digital storytelling workshops held through Re*Vision: The Centre for Social Justice and the Arts at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Participants were supported by a team of artists, educators, and social workers to narrate their 2SLGBTQI+ parenting stories about inclusion and exclusion in the form of short multi-media videos. Kael collaborated with several families to create music to accompany participants’ multi-media stories in the form of original songs with lyrics, original instrumental music, and cover songs. Below are two examples of songs that Kael recorded for this research project.
Be Free: A Love Song for W (2021)
A lesbian couple created the lyrics for this song about family loyalty, love, and supporting one another through difficulty. They asked Kael to put their lyrics to music. Kael crafted their lyrics into this sweet lullaby. Produced and recorded by Kael Reid.
Be Free: A Love Song for W
Let Me Tell You ‘Bout Family
Let Me Tell You ‘Bout Family (2021)
Kael composed this song to accompany a digital story created by a lesbian couple that featured the two moms, and their young child and family members talking about the power of love and family. Kael composed the lyrics and music for this song based on the narrative the two moms wrote for their digital story. Produced and recorded by Kael Reid.