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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[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.

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[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.

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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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[USA] After lesbian couple splits, court rules nonbiological parent has right to child ex-wife carried | Robert McCoppin | Chicago Tribune

An interesting story out of the USA (Illinois) on parental recognition.

A woman whose former wife had a baby through artificial insemination has parental rights to the child even though they’re not biologically related, an Illinois appeals court has ruled.

The ruling also applies to opposite-sex parents, attorneys said, and sets precedent for northern Illinois outside of Cook County.

“We’re thrilled,” said attorney Camilla Taylor, who helped argue the appeal. “This solidifies a body of law in Illinois that protects the relationship between children and their nonbiological parents.”

The case involves Dee Baron-Judd and Ashlie Judd, who married in Iowa in 2009 and bought a home together in Rockford. A few years later, they decided Baron-Judd would seek to conceive a child through artificial insemination, according to the 2nd Appellate Court ruling, which came down Friday.

The two were together at the hospital when the baby was born, they identified themselves as co-parents on the birth certificate and they sent out a birth announcement, the ruling noted. After the delivery, they both took time off from work to take care for the girl, who is now 4, and, according to Judd’s testimony, called both women “mom,” court records show.

Seven months after the girl was born, the couple separated, and later divorced. Illinois law recognizing same-sex marriage took effect in 2014, and the U.S. Supreme Court recognized same-sex marriage in 2015, both after the couple’s daughter was born.

The trial court in Winnebago County ruled that the nonbiological mother, Judd, had a legitimate parental relationship with the child, which the appellate court affirmed. Since the divorce, the two women have been sharing custody and parenting responsibilities.

“It’s a great day,” Judd said upon hearing the news of the ruling. “She’s been my daughter, and she understood that I was her parent. She’s doing good, growing like a weed — a happy, healthy kid.”

Her former wife had a different reaction.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

[Australia] The 7th Annual Surrogacy Conference in Australia is Coming Up.

We have received some information on the 7th Annual Australian Surrogacy Conference in Sydney on 2-3 June this year. Read on....

Australia’s 7th annual surrogacy conference is being held this year in Sydney on 2-3 June, just five weeks away. Our program is known for dealing with the most topical issues in surrogacy globally. This year we will host leading experts from Australia and eight other nations. With 14 surrogates, 14 parents and 18 industry experts taking part in 29 different sessions, there is something for everyone. For the Australian surrogacy community, the event has become the go-to networking and relationship-building event of the year. With a marked rise in Australians engaging locally as well as in the US and Ukraine, this years event has a special focus on practical sessions for both intended parents and Australian surrogates . The conference also attracts family lawyers, fertility nurses and counsellors keen to update their understanding.
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For the full program and to book tickets for one day or two, visit www.familiesthrusurrogacy.com/australia Early bird rates are only available until 30 April (Warning: The dates coincide with Vivid Sydney, so interstate visitors should book accommodation early) For time-limited Sydneysiders keen simply to socialise with the surrogacy community, separate tickets are also available for the Saturday night drinks function at http://www.familiesthrusurrogacy.com/event/australian-conference/

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

[Australia] Gay Dads Australia

This Australian based website has been set up to support gay men who are planning on, or who are already parents. The site includes an active Discussion lists and Calendars for Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland groups  which keeps state members informed of events and topical discussion. Emails to the list asking for support, advice or just sharing of parenting stories are encouraged.