Thursday, July 19, 2018

[Israel] Hundreds Protest in Tel Aviv After Netanyahu Flip-flops on Surrogacy Bill

Disappointing outcome in Israel for queer people hoping to create families.

Protesters block roads over bill excluding same-sex couples. Organizer of demonstration: 'The prime minister's smiling face shows his huge disconnect from the people'

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest after the Knesset voted down legislation that would have permitted same-sex couples to be surrogate parents.

Source: Haaretz

See also here and here and here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

[Canada] Children of LGBTQ+ parents share their stories in new book launched in Toronto - by Melanie Zettler

Something for those looking for books about LGBTIQ+ Parents.  There is now getting to be quite a good collection of quality material out there.

With Pride festivities underway in Toronto, the authors and contributors of a newly-released book say they’re hoping to fill a gap in literature aimed at the children of LGBTQ+ parents.

“I was in Grade 1 and my best friend Jane and I were rolling around in the snow. Out of nowhere a voice sneered, “What are you, lesbians?” Sadie Epstein-Fine said as she reads aloud from her book, Spawning Generations: Rants and Reflections on Growing Up with LGBTQ+ Parents.


The book was launched earlier this week at Toronto’s Glad Day Bookshop on Church Street.

Read More here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

[Australia] Rainbow Families Queensland - Relaunched!!!

Some really exciting news for our friends in sunny Queensland.  NSW and VIC have their Rainbow Families organisations - now it is the turn of Queensland - with the relaunch of Rainbow Families QLD.  Read on.....



Rainbow Families QLD is being re-launched and it's going to be FABULOUS! As some of you may be aware, RF QLD has been in hiatus the last couple of years. Rainbow families in our state need formal representation regarding legislation lobbying, resource development, and with the media. Also on the agenda are coordinated monthly get-togethers, special events like end of year parties and fertility information sessions, and a weekly playgroup.

But first, let's PAAAARTY! On a Sunday, in the morning, so that everyone can get home for nap time, of course. July 22, 10-1, Mowbray Park Bowls Club.We're hoping to get as many families as possible along to this first event, PARTICULARLY DADS! so that we can talk about the direction forward, enjoy some time together in the sun, and put faces to facebook names. We’ll have a circus play space, a craft station, a music space, drag story time, and face painting all on offer, so dig out your rainbow paraphernalia, pack a picnic, and start spreading the word.

If anyone wants to donate anything to make this event even more special please let us know. Eg: children's performers, drag kings and queens, bubble machines, magicians, things to sell for fundraising... surprise us with a clever idea. And we're also very open to sponsorship offers!

And if you’re interested in being involved with RF QLD please send us a message. By August we hope to have a full management committee up and running, as well as people working on various sub committees (eg: playgroup, fertility info sessions, resources, website, lobbying, advocacy and activism). We need you to make this happen.


Find out more here

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

[Australia] Sunshine Coast | Rainbow Families Group Launched This Weekend


We have just found out that a new Rainbow Families group is launching on the Sunshine Coast.  They had their first catch up on Sunday (06 May).  This is their mission statement (and it is at damn fine one!)

The mission of Rainbow Families Sunshine Coast (Qld) is to nurture a community which fosters resiliency by connecting, supporting, and empowering LGBTQI families.

This group is our place to share, chat, make plans, ask a question, discuss topics, share wisdoms, and exchange ideas that matter to us.  

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Gender Non-Binary, Asexual, Agendered, birth parents, single parents, foster parents, adoptive parents - if you’re part of our beautiful rainbow community and parenting or planning to parent you’re welcome to join us! 

To find out more, head over to their Facebook Page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/147949022368/

[USA] Duggar spouse Derick Dillard accuses The View of “bullying” him for anti-gay tweets | Metro Weekly

A bigoted reality TV "star" (Derick Dillard) in the USA gets taken down by the women on The View for his views on gay parenting.  And rightly so!

"Derick Dillard, the husband of Counting On and 19 Kids and Counting star Jill Duggar, is engaged in yet another spat over his tweets criticizing homosexuality. This time, it’s the hosts of ABC’s The View.

The View hosts talked about Dillard’s past tweets attacking gay interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent for their TLC show Nate & Jeremiah By Design, which follows the couple’s professional and personal life, including raising their two children.

It’s that latter part — gays raising children — to which Dillard objects, tweeting: “What a travesty of family. It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal.”

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Monday, May 7, 2018

[United Kingdom] Surrogacy reform could remove automatic rights from birth parents | The Telegraph | Olivia Rudgard

There is a review of Surrogacy Laws in the United Kingdom and one of the options on the table is "automatic" removal of parental rights from birth parents in favour of "intended parents".  This will no doubt be a vigourously debated reform.

"Surrogacy laws could be reformed to remove automatic rights from birth parents, under plans being examined by the Government. 

Law Commission recommendations to reform surrogacy law have received Government backing and will be developed to make the rules "fit for the modern world". 

A three-year project will examine the current rules which give a woman and her husband automatic parentage over any child she gives birth to, even if the child is not biologically theirs". 

Read More Here.

[Scotland] Jacob Rees-Mogg quizzed on gay parenting | Pink News, Nick Duffy

Stupidity and Hypocrisy in Scotland Conservatives.

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has insisted it is “wonderful news” that out Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is expecting a child – despite his own beliefs.

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[USA] Kansas lawmakers pass adoption bill critics say biased against gay couples

More nasty out of the USA!

The Kansas Legislature on Friday approved a bill that allows faith-based adoption agencies to turn away gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs, and the state’s governor said he would sign it.

Under the measure, the Kansas Department for Children and Families cannot block any foster or adoption agency, including those that receive public funds, from participating in its programs only because it refuses to adopt or place children with gay people.

Opponents of the bill said they will likely mount a legal challenge.

Read More Here.

[Australia] Interview with Scott Williams | Queer Podcast | Simon Copland and Benjamin Riley

Find some time to listen to this excellent Podcast Interview with gay dad Scott Williams.  Well worth your time!

Find out more at Simon and Benjamin's Queer Podcast on iTunes or here at https://www.queerspodcast.com/episodes/2018/5/2/interview-scott-williams.

After a debate in the media over the ethics of gay parenting, Benjamin interviews gay dad and rainbow families advocate Scott Williams about the politics of queer families, assumptions made about adoption and surrogacy, and the possibilities of family units that don’t fit nuclear norms.

Click Here to Listen

Sunday, May 6, 2018

[Australia] Happy International Family Equality Day

Happy International Family Equality Day everyone!


Here's the Victorian Minister for Equality, Martin Foley with a special message for our families and a fabulous annoucement supporting the update of the amazing organisation Rainbow Families Victoria and the Law kit.

A big "Thank You" to  Minister Foley and the Victorian Government

Click Here to See Mr Foley's Message

Friday, May 4, 2018

[Greece] Parliament approves foster care bill in principle | Ekathimerini

We rarely get any news out of Greece, but here is some pleasant news coming out of Greece this week.

Greek parliament approved in principle on Wednesday a bill that allows couples with cohabitation agreements, including same-sex ones, to foster a child.

The bill, submitted by the labor ministry, was voted by the ruling coalition of SYRIZA and ANEL, and Potami. New Democracy, the Democratic Coalition and the Centrists’ Union expressed reservations, the Communists voted "present" and Golden Dawn voted it down.

Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity Theano Fotiou made some changes to the bill, abolishing the upper age limit in cases where foster care is granted to relatives of the child and extended financial support to foster parents for the duration of the child's military service when it comes of age.

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[Australia] NSW - Rainbow Families - Family Pride - 06 May 2018 11AM-3PM

Are you in Sydney, New South Wales?  Well our good friends at Rainbow Families in NSW has this amazing event this weekend, 11 to 3pm on Sunday 6 May 2018.


Supported by the Commonwealth Bank and ACON, Family Pride will be bigger and better than ever, with live entertainment featuring Mary Kiani, All Ages Music, Larger than Lions, and Drag Queen Hannah Conda doing a special performance for the kids.

Plus FREE activities for toddlers to young people, including two jumping castles, an inflatable obstacle course, an art installation from Reverse Garbage, a rock climbing wall, face-painting, sports activities and arts and crafts. A photographer from Studio Something will be taking free family portraits and The City of Sydney is providing a free BBQ.

Community organisations including ACON, Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Reverse Garbage, Reach Out, Social Justice in Early Childhood, Proud to Play, the SES and NSW Police will also be on hand with fun activities for the whole family.

Event tips

  • Wear your Love Makes a Family t-shirt if you have one. We will also have some special Family Pride shirts available for sale
  • Remember to bring a picnic rug, sunscreen and some extra snacks and drinks
  • Last year parking was difficult to find, so we encourage you to consider using public transport. Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip
  • Check the Rainbow Families Facebook Page for any event updates throughout the morning


FAMILY PRIDE!
May 6.  11:00am-3:00pm
Sydney Park Brick Kilns, St Peters
Access from St Peters Station  (2 minute walk)

More Information Here

[USA] ‘Roseanne,’ ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Superstore,’ and More Take Baby Steps to Examine Surrogacy on TV | IndieWire | Hanh Nguyen

Now this is an interesting piece given how surrogacy is often portrayed in the media.  How is it portrayed in popular culture TV?  It is fair to say sometimes they capture some reality of it, other times it is sensationalized.  Have a read of this piece from Hanh Nguyen at IndieWire.

While issues with infertility and adoption have been represented frequently on television over the years, surrogacy stories have been spotty or treated more superficially. But as hiring a gestational carrier, aka a surrogate mother, has become more and more prevalent in society, television is racing to keep up with the conversation — which is multilayered, nuanced, and constantly evolving.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

[Italy] Italy Takes A Grande Step Forward For LGBT Parental Rights | Above the Law | Ellen Trachman

Some good news out of Italy.

Although Italy may be the international capital for art, it isn’t anywhere close to being the international capital for ART law. That is, assisted reproductive technology (ART). Use of assisted reproductive technology like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy is highly regulated, and it is reserved only for those in “stable heterosexual relationships.” I’m not sure many of us, regardless of sexual orientation, can confidently claim that status.

In any event, despite the typical Italian skepticism toward ART, last week there was news that a same-sex female couple was permitted to register their donor-conceived son to both women as parents. This was an exciting first!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

[Canada] Paying for surrogacy, sperm and human eggs should not be crime | Anthony Housefather | The Star

An interesting opinion piece from Canada by Anthony Housefather on surrogacy and donations (member of the Canadian Parliament for Mount Royal and chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Rights).

“Intended parents and surrogates explain that the criminal prohibitions put them into a constant state of uncertainty,” writes Anthony Housefather. “No wonder parents with means often choose to leave Canada and hire a surrogate in the United States to avoid any concern about facing prison time.”

You can go to jail for up to 10 years if you offer to purchase sperm in Canada. The maximum sentence is on par with certain terrorism offences. Most Canadians are shocked when they hear this. I know that I was.

By comparison, there is no federal law governing the offer to purchase other human materials, such as blood or plasma. These are governed solely by provincial regulations and not criminal law.

Over the last couple of years I have had the opportunity to meet with many of those most directly impacted by the law that criminalizes this activity. It is called the Assisted Human Reproduction Act and was adopted in 2004. It is largely based on proposals from a Royal Commission established in 1988.

Needless to say we live in a different world today. Women wait longer to get pregnant, leading to greater fertility issues. Gay and lesbian couples can get married and want to start families. More and more Canadians need assistance to have children.

While those impacted directly share different perspectives with respect to many of the complex issues involved, the vast majority of surrogates, donors, intended parents, children born of donation and the agencies, doctors and lawyers working to assist them agree with one thing: the current law needs to be revised. I am putting forward a bill to do so.

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