Monday, February 18, 2019

Australia | WA | Surrogacy | "Liberal MP Nick Goiran accuses the government of hiding surrogacy report"

Another anti-gay Liberal (there are so many!).
"Liberal MP Nick Goiran has accused the government of hiding a report it commissioned into surrogacy and reproductive technology.
In early 2018 the McGowan government commissioned Associate Professor Sonia Allen from Deakin University to conduct a review of the state’s laws surrounding in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and surrogacy. Professor Allen had previously completed a similar review for the South Australian government.
Nick Goiran MLC says that report is being hidden from the public because it has not been tabled in parliament. The MP made the claim has debate to change the surrogacy laws commenced in the upper house".


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Australia | Surrogacy Seminars | "US Surrogacy & Donor Eggs - Best Practice Seminars in Melbourne & Sydney"

HI All - there are some Surrogacy seminars coming up in Melbourne and Sydney. I received the following information from Sam Everingham which I am passing on in case some of you are interested:

"As you well know, US states which allow foreigners to engage continue to be the most reliable avenue for surrogacy & egg donor arrangements. However the many moving parts and conflicting laws can be a nerve-wracking process.
To address this, next month FTS is hosting a best practice seminar in Melbourne (26 March) & Sydney (28 March) to help those considering US surrogacy or donor eggs . A handful of California’s top experts including Karen Synesiou, Andy Vorzimer & Dr David Smotrich will be speaking along with Australian parents and myself".
Tickets are limited, but can be accessed via
MELBOURNE: https://buff.ly/2GoMu6H
SYDNEY: https://buff.ly/2Gpbo66
Further details will soon be available on our website event page: https://buff.ly/2GrTOyk

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

USA | News | Children raised by same-sex couples do better in school, new study finds


"Children of same-sex couples perform better in school than kids raised by a mom and a dad, according to new research from several European economists.

The researchers found that children raised by same-sex couples had higher test scores in elementary and secondary school and were about 7 percent more likely to graduate from high school than children raised by different-sex couples.

The study by economists Deni Mazrekaj, Kristof de Witte and Sofie Cabus of Belgian university KU Leuven used government data tracking all children born in the Netherlands since 1995. The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001 and has generally been one of the most supportive nations for same-sex couples".

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Canada | News | Gay dads make great dads: UQAM study


"Researcher hopes his work helps dispel stereotypes about gay fathers, and contributes to opening up adoption possibilities for gay parents". 

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United Kingdom | Thesis | Gay Men and Surrogacy: Navigating Boundaries in the Procreative Realm


Gay Men and Surrogacy: Navigating Boundaries in the Procreative Realm - Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment for the award of Doctor of Philosophy by Wendy Jane Norton, De Montfort University July 2018
"Desire and motivation to parent has often been conceptualised as a women’s reproductive concern whilst relatively little is known about men’s reproductive desires, reproductive decision making and reproductive experiences. Gay men have specifically been represented as uninterested in children and parenting, yet an increasingly number of same-sex male couples are exploring the possibility of surrogacy as a means of creating a family. To date, no studies have explicitly explored men’s use of surrogacy within the UK context where gamete donation is highly regulated and commercial surrogacy is illegal. This study employed a qualitative, intrepretivist epistemology to explore the factors that influence UK resident men’s desire and motivation for parenthood, why men choose surrogacy over other family building options and their experiences as they navigate the surrogacy journey. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews with 21 gay men and 15 key stakeholders and analysed using thematic analysis informed by theoretical concepts of procreative consciousness and procreative responsibility (Marsiglio, 1991), micro-aggressions (Sue, 2010), and Critical Kinship Studies (Krolokke et al, 2016; Riggs & Peel, 2016). The findings reveal that a variety of interrelated factors, including learning of different parenting options, spending time with children, and the visibility of “role-models” enabled men’s procreative consciousness to emerge, and served as triggers to motivate them to act on this desire. Participants’ accounts depicted surrogacy as a complex and challenging route to parenthood, but one which offered men the possibility of a genetically-related child who could live with them permanently in their own family unit. Surrogacy required careful planning, decision-making, and a great deal of forethought as men considered and negotiated third-party input to help them create their families. Many of the challenges men faced in their pursuit of surrogacy were associated with healthcare professionals’ lack of familiarity and experience with surrogacy and its legal position within the UK. Central to the findings in this study is the importance of the socio-cultural context. This thesis argues that gay men’s motivation to parent and their experiences of surrogacy are shaped by the changing landscape of social, legal and technological possibilities within a society that privileges heterosexual parenting. This study presents the original concept of procreative boundaries to examine the broader multi-layered structural parameters within which gay men are able to realise their procreative consciousness and enact procreative responsibility in order to achieve parenthood and be recognised as legitimate parents."
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USA | News | Rise in LGBT parents expected in US, says survey


"A new survey has found that more LGBT+ young people than ever before are planning on having children in the US."


New Zealand | News | Labour MP Tāmati Coffey and partner Tim Smith's baby just the first

"Labour MP Tāmati Coffey and partner Tim Smith hope to raise more than one child if they "work out how to do it the first time".

The MP for Waiariki, confirmed this afternoon that Smith was the biological father of the baby due in July, and their surrogate mother was "a friend of a friend".

Coffey announced the news at the Big Gay Out in Auckland yesterday and was met with applause and screams of excitement."


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[Australia] Rainbow Families Victoria AGM and DISCO | 18 November 2018

Come on down to the Rainbow Families Victoria ANNUAL DISCO with added annual general meeting! SAVE THE DATE NOW (18 November 2018)!

Arrive at 1.45pm to sign up, the AGM kicks off at 2pm start with the disco from 2.30 to 4.30pm.

Sign up to the AGM at 1.45pm and check if you are actually a financial members so you can vote. There will be games and dress-ups for the kids pre-disco while we get on with the AGM business followed 2 hours of awesome tunes by the fabulous DJ Oily Shoes. 

Boogie with the babies and do the limbo with the kids. Dance to all the best disco hits and memories - this disco will go off!

Click GOING and pop the date in your diary. We will send more details about the AGM, checking your membership status and the papers you need to read before hand.  

VENUE The Edinburgh Gardens Community Room -Brunswick St, Fitzroy. 
https://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/facilities/edinburgh-gardens-community-room

Accessible venue with toilets and a great fenced playground nearby for children who need a break. Surrounded by lots of shady trees so maybe bring a post-disco dinner picnic to enjoy afterwards. 

REFRESHMENTS: Water and fruit provided.

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[Australia] Victorian Premier Announces Public Funded IVF

Today, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in Victoria via Premier Daniel Andrews have announced that if re-elected they will "fund public IVF services to help families afford it". 

Daniel Andrews said "IVF has always been expensive, because it's provided through the private system.
That's why a re-elected Labor Government will make it public, bulk-billed and subsidised.
Because every family should have the chance to try for kids – not just those who can afford it."
You know these changes don't come out of nowhere. Rainbow Families, among others, have been advocating against the high and increasing costs of IVF for a long time. They have long argued that publicly funded IVF would make access more inclusive. Thank Daniel Andrews today - but also thank Rainbow Familes for all their hard work over many, many years".
This is a game changer for many LGBTIQ+ people wanting to create their families. I love news like this.

UPDATE: Story in The Age

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.

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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". 

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