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September 21, 2014

Thinking about adoption? Children will always have questions about being adopted, and knowing how to respond with honest answers is essential. We asked Beth Friedberg of New York’s Modern Family Center for advice

Beth Friedberg is the Associate Director of Parent Preparation and Education at the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin. The center provides services for parents of adopted children, adoptees, families formed through adoption, and families brought together through remarriage – including same-sex couples and LGBTI parents.

September 6, 2014

Following similar events in New York and Los Angeles, the Men Having Babies organization will host its first Midwest expo on Saturday 13 September

Gay men in the US’s Midwest interested in starting a family may want to attend a special expo aimed at gay would-be parents. The Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014 between 10am and 7pm.

September 4, 2014

Study shows bisexuals are the worst affected group

Gay people in England are more likely to suffer health problems and have worse experiences with doctors, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 25% of lesbians and 31% of bisexual women reported fair or poor general health, compared to 21% of heterosexual women. Among men, 22% of gay men and 26% of bisexual men reported fair or poor general health, compared to 20% of heterosexual men.

August 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, who is a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores some of the issues that crop up in practice for same-sex parents who embark on overseas surrogacy arrangements

Over the last six years surrogacy has become a more mainstream family building option not just for heterosexual couples who cannot conceive naturally but also for gay parents (both couples and singles) who wish to have parental autonomy.

In 2010, the law in the UK changed to allow two male parents to be named together on a birth certificate following a surrogacy arrangement – a significant step forward for gay parents.

August 20, 2014

Sian Norris was raised by her mum and her mum’s female partner. She speaks out after comments made by former boxing manager and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, Kellie Maloney, about same-sex parenting

I was really upset to read Kellie Maloney’s comments, reported in GayStarNews, where she stated that she didn’t believe same-sex couples can or should raise children.

This is an issue that is very close to my heart, having been raised by my mum and her partner, and my dad and his wife. So I wanted to respond to Maloney’s comments, and to those who agree with her that there is something wrong with the way I was raised.

August 9, 2014

Thinking of starting a family? This year’s show for would-be LGBT parents returns to the UK capital in September

Europe’s biggest event for prospective gay parents, the annual Alternative Parenting Show is set to take place again in London on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Returning to the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, the event is aimed at anyone – including LGBT singles and couples – who wish to explore today’s different routes to parenthood.
There will be exhibitors from agencies from all over the world, including international surrogacy providers, legal advisors and adoption/fostering agencies.

August 2, 2014

Critics of same-sex families may claim that having two moms or two dads goes against a child’s best interests, but yet another study had found this to not be the case

A new US study has concluded that, 'despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts – including the health care system, the legal system, and the school system – LGB parents and their children are functioning quite well.'

July 13, 2014

Some 350 people including parents and children gather at library to protest the library board's move to cull and destroy three children's titles for depicting gay parents

An estimated 350 people including parents and children gathered at a reading event held at the atrium of the National Library Building atrium this afternoon to protest the library board's move to cull and destroy three children's titles for depicting gay parents.

Co-organizers Germaine Eliza Ong said on Facebook: 'We believe that we and our children should be able to access a diverse range of reading materials'.

July 7, 2014

Victoria's Secret model was born to a gay mother and gay father over 21 years ago, and is now hoping to make it easier for other rainbow families

Supermodel Josephine Skriver has spoken out on what it is like to be the child of a gay mother and gay father.

The 21-year-old model, known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and Gucci, was newly appointed as an ambassador for Family Equality Council and its Outspoken Generation Program, a project dedicated to bringing awareness to LGBTI families.

Over two decades ago, Skriver’s mother placed an advert in an LGBTI magazine seeking a gay male partner to start a family with in Denmark.

July 2, 2014

If you are an LGBT parent in the US, or are simply considering parenthood, you need to know about the Family Equality Council and its work. Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, talked to GSN…

June 26, 2014

Parents to three young children, Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren have set out to help other gay dads and would-be fathers with their website, GaysWithKids.com

A Toronto-based couple have launched a website dedicated to helping gay men to navigate fatherhood: from routes to parenthood to raising children.

Co-founders Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren have been together for over 20 years, and are now the proud fathers of three young children. Their story is more unusual than most, in that they have experience of both adoption (with their son, Levi), and surrogacy, with younger twins Sadie and Ella. The biological father of the twins is Rosenberg, who is also HIV positive.

May 24, 2014

A Slovakian couple lost their appeal to stop a gay UK couple from adopting their two sons, they had argued it would psychologically damage them to have gay parents

A Slovakian couple have lost their battle to stop a British gay couple from adopting their two young sons.

The couple’s two young sons, one and four, are to be adopted by a same-sex couple in Kent, to the horror of the parents.

The couple, who come from a Catholic Roma community, argued if their children cannot be raised by a gay couple because their culture condemns homosexuality and took their case to the High Court in London.

May 3, 2014

Judge says the lesbian couple 'defrauded' French law by going to Belgium to conceive their now 4-year-old son via IVF

A Versailles Court has ruled that a married French woman cannot adopt the child she and her partner had conceived by IVF treatment carried out abroad.

The judge says the couple, who has not been named in the media, 'defrauded' French law by going to neighboring Belgium for the procedure, according to The Guardian.

April 8, 2014

Over 20 same-sex female couples rejoiced as a court formally recognized they could be named as parents to a child

Gay women across the Netherlands are celebrating after a major victory in adoption rights.

After a recent court ruling, it means gay women but not men can be legally parents of a child without going through a lengthy legal process.

The same rules do not apply to male couples because legal parentship rests with the mother and she cannot simply transfer it.

This victory comes after 13 years the Netherlands originally permitted adoption by same-sex couples.

March 6, 2014

Men and women are deeply divided on the issue of gay adoption, with women 70% in favor and with men 47% against

Half of British men think two gay dads cannot raise children as well as male-female couples, new research shows.

In a new survey, it shows men and women are deeply divided on whether gay men should become parents.

While 47% of men are opposed to a child being raised by two fathers, 70% of women are support gay couples adopting.

When it comes to lesbian partners raising children, views are softer, but a gender gap remains.

42% of men doubt same-sex female couples’ ability to raise children, in comparison to 27% of women.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

January 24, 2014

A new review of research by the Australian Government’s Institute of Family Studies has found that kids who are being brought up in families headed by gays and lesbians do as well as their heterosexually parented peers

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released a report on the well being of children raised by gays and lesbians and found they did just as well as those raised by heterosexual men and women.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family well being and provides an evidence base for developing policy supportive of the well being of families in Australia.

January 18, 2014

Juan Pablo Galavis is concerned how a gay contestant on The Bachelor would impact children

The contestant in the ABC reality show The Bachelor thinks a gay version of the show would be inappropriate for children.

'I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,' Juan Pablo Galavis said to The TV Page.

The former Venezuelan soccer star was promoting the show at a network party in Pasadena, California. While acknowledging there are LGBTI parents,  he thinks children would be confused to see a single gay parent looking for love like he is.

December 20, 2013

Letters, videos and hilarious mishaps make up this year's must-see stories

Like never before, the world was touched by the stories of LGBTI people in 2013.

This year saw more LGBTI stories and moments going viral, issues of interest only to the community suddenly becoming mainstream.

It wasn't just LGBTI people who wanted to read heartwarming letters of a proud dad to his gay son. It wasn't just LGBTI people who wanted to watch kids reacting to the idea of marriage equality. And it certainly wasn't just LGBTI people who listened and loved to a proud straight grandma who wrote a song for her lesbian niece.

November 23, 2013

In letter to fellow representative, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney points to figure estimating 20,000 children are being raised by same-sex parents

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has declined to include LGBT parents in her adoption resolution.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a gay parent from New York, requested, as reported by the Advocate, the failed presidential candidate 'recognize the contributions of LGBT families with adoptive children.'

November 17, 2013

Far right Christian and former military chaplain ‘Dr Chaps’ Gordon Klingenschmitt says gay parents look on their adopted children with ‘lust’ and want to recruit them into the ‘homosexual lifestyle’

The host of a far right Christian internet program has claimed that gay parents look on their adopted children with what ‘looks to me a little bit like lust,’ and has claimed gay parents want to recruit their children into the ‘homosexual lifestyle.’

Retired US navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt AKA ‘Dr Chaps’ made the comments on his Pray In Jesus’ Name News internet program on 14 November in response to Northern Ireland allowing same-sex couples to adopt.

October 10, 2013

Vitaly Milonov, a Russian lawmaker, wants an amendment on the 'gay propaganda' law banning same-sex couples from using surrogacy

A Russian lawmaker has proposed a ban on gay people from using a surrogate mother to have children.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ propaganda bill, has suggested an amendment to banning same-sex couples from having children.

‘At present, Russian law has a loophole through which members of sexual minorities are allowed to inform children about homosexuality,’ his office said, as translated by GSN.

October 2, 2013

State Duma will discuss bill that will put homosexuality as grounds for denying custody of a child, along with alcoholism, violence, and abuse

Russia will officially be considering a bill that will remove children from gay parents next February.

The bill, authored by deputy Alekei Zhuravlev, will amend the Family Code.

Under the new bill, having a ‘non-traditional sexual orientation’ will be a basis for denying custody to gay people.

Other grounds include alcoholism, drug use, a history of violence, insanity and abuse.

September 9, 2013

The Alternative Parenting Show returns to London this month at a time when gay families are booming and LGBT parents are earning new respect

The annual Alternative Parenting Show, which returns to London this month, exemplifies an explosion in the growth of gay parenting

New film Any Day Now has just hit UK cinemas and serves as a stark reminder of how far gay people have come in the past four decades in respect to equal rights – particularly in respect to parenting.