Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wrap Up – The 5th Surrogacy for Gay Men forum – Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Well the 5th Surrogacy for Gay Men forum is over and we think it was a great success.  Overall there were 85 people in attendance, not including the children, so it was a great turn out.  We hope that those who came got something useful out the forum and hopefully made some new friendships as well.   The forum can't possibly cover everything but we hope that it will help you in some way on your journey to becoming dads.  It was also great to see so many dads and dads to be join us at the Prahran Market afterwards. 

There is a lot of work that goes into putting these forums on and I would like to take the opportunity to personally thank each of the people who helped in making the forum a success.

Doug and Brett, Jason and Brendan, Mark and Allan, Lee and Tony, Noam and David, Eilis - A huge thank you for your time, effort and contribution today.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.  You guys are really wonderful. 

A special thank you to my hubby Jeff for all the baking and catering and keeping our son occupied.  You do so much behind the scenes.

Also a big shout out to Southern Star, ALSO, JOY 94.9 and Rainbow Families Council for all the assistance and support.

It is really exciting to see the next generation of gay dads.  It makes all the work that goes into events like this worth it.

Rainbow Families and Who is in your family? Resource Kit

Who is in your family poster

Rainbow Families Council proudly presents the “Who is in your family?” resource kit. Rainbow Families Council developed these resources through surveys conducted with families and childcare workers in the City of Darebin and neighboring suburbs during 2009. Development funding was provided by the City of Darebin.

Officially launched at our February 2010 conference by the City of Darebin Mayor Cr Vince Fontana, we have re-launched the entire kit online to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17.

The posters and information sheets are now available for you to download below. You can order FREE full colour A3 copies of the two posters from Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) by emailing

This resource kit aims to help children, families and early childhood educators start discussions about the diversity of families – including same-sex parented families – who are part of their communities.

It comprises of two A3 posters and four A4 information sheets, including one specifically for parents to help them choose a rainbow family-friendly childcare centre or kindergarten.

  • Poster 1 ‘Who is in your family? Our families come in all different shapes and sizes’ (with animal families)
  • Poster 2 ‘Who is in your family? Our families come in all different shapes and sizes’ (with diverse human families)
  • Info sheet 1 ‘Introducing rainbow families – a guide for early childhood services’
  • Info sheet 2 ‘Creating inclusive children’s spaces’
  • Info sheet 3 'How children play: challenging myths and stereotypes'
  • Info sheet 4 'Tips for choosing a rainbow-family friendly childcare centre or kindergarten'

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