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July 22, 2014

Recent reports that sperm donation in Britain is still in a critical state have been much exaggerated. Donors and sperm samples are in good supply, reports the London Sperm Bank

Reports continue to suggest that sperm donation in Britain is in a state of crisis: insufficient donors, insufficient supplies… and deep frozen sperm samples flown in from Denmark in yet another Viking invasion.

Nothing could be further from the truth, especially at the London Sperm Bank, where more than 15,000 vials of donor sperm are in storage and where, since the London Sperm Bank opened its doors in 2010, almost 4,000 cycles of treatment have been completed.

July 18, 2014

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates. Richard, who deals with the firm’s relationship breakdown, finance and children dispute cases, explores some of the issues that crop up  for same-sex parents who break up

Family building in the LGBT community has changed considerably over the past decade.

There has been a steady rise in the number of children conceived through sperm donation, surrogacy (both in the UK and internationally) and co-parenting arrangements by gay and lesbian parents.

The change in the law in 2009 allowing lesbian couples to both be recognised as full and equal parents was a landmark, as was the less publicised change allowing gay dads to be named together on birth certificates after surrogacy.

June 27, 2014

How the London Egg Bank can help you to achieve your dreams of having a baby – thanks to a change in UK legislation and an increase in egg donors

Just a year or two ago there were long waiting lists for egg donation in the UK. Altruistic egg donors were hard to find and hard to recruit. But now those waiting lists have gone.

No waiting lists
What a difference a year makes! Until 2012, egg donors wishing to donate eggs for purely altruistic reasons were as rare as rainy-day taxis. But all that changed with new government regulations on egg donation and a new drive to recruit donors who wanted only to help others.

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.

June 13, 2014

Leading surgeon leaves NHS, increasing gender surgery wait times. Even patients with complications after their operation face delays

Activists have claimed the time for trans people to get male to female gender reassignment surgery has skyrocketed in England from seven months to three years.

And campaigners warning the trauma of ever increasing delays may push some trans people to suicide.

They say it’s because the one expert surgeon in London conducting most of the operations in the country, James Bellringer, has left the National Health Service (NHS).

June 12, 2014

Alessandra Bernaroli, a banker, says she and her wife deserve to continue their happy marriage of nine years

A trans woman is challenging Italy’s refusal to allow her to stay married to her wife.

Alessandra Bernaroli, a banker, says she and her wife deserve to continue their happy marriage of nine years.

Her wife, also named Alessandra, wishes to remain married.

The Bernarolis, from Bologna in northern Italy, took the case to the courts after their local council ruled they could no longer be identified as married when they tried to renew their identity cards.

The Constitutional Court in Rome will decide on the case this week.

June 4, 2014

With British scientists saying they could create 'three parent' babies, it has raised hopes lesbian couples could use the techniques to raise a child of their own with genetic links to both parents

A new DNA breakthrough that could lead to ‘three parent babies’ will not lead to lesbians being able to have children together, GSN can reveal.

A British scientific expert panel have given their backing to allow babies with 'three parents' to be created in laboratories within two years.

Currently illegal in the UK, the fertility regulator says they have found no evidence the technique would be unsafe.

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 10, 2014

'We are so thankful that we can move forward and concentrate on being with each other'

A federal court in Indiana has ordered the state to immediately recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

A lawsuit was filed in behalf of the couple by Lambda Legal.

'They're married, they love each other and they are doing their best to protect their family,' said Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Paul Castillo.

March 13, 2014

‘Ex-gay’ author and professor Robert Oscar Lopez has likened gay couples using surrogates to birth their children to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and says they are either buys or stealing their children despite the surrogate mothers not being related to the babies

California State University English professor and ‘ex-gay’ Robert Oscar Lopez has compared surrogate mothers birthing children for gay men to slavery in an article published Tuesday on AmericanThinker.com.

January 27, 2014

Israel’s Health Ministry has put forward a proposal to allow same-sex couples access to surrogacy in Israel while 65 babies born to surrogates in Thailand will begin to join their gay parents in Israel

Israel’s Health Ministry has advised its parliament that it intends to put forward a proposal so that Israeli same-sex couples no longer have to travel overseas to access surrogacy.

The proposal, announced Sunday to the Knesset Interior Committee, comes after 65 babies born to surrogate mothers in Thailand were blocked from returning to Israel with their gay Israeli fathers after Thailand placed a moratorium on non-Thais seeking surrogacy services.

January 20, 2014

65 surrogate children of Israeli gay couples are stuck in Thailand while the Government of Israel refuses to grant them Israeli citizenship

Supporters of the gay parents of 65 surrogate babies who have been born or are due to be born to Thai surrogate mothers have launch a week of protest actions this week to protest the Israeli Government’s refusal to grant the children Israeli citizenship.

Thai law grants children born to Thai women automatic Thai citizenship. However in order for the babies to leave Thailand they must be made Israeli citizens and Israeli law requires a paternity test before that can occur.

December 28, 2013

Same-sex partners in the UK region will be able to apply for NHS-funded fertility treatment for the first time under new rules

Gay couples in North Staffordshire, UK, are to be given free fertility treatment on the NHS to help them start their own families.

Under previous rules, IVF treatment was not available in some parts of the region regardless of sexual orientation.

Health leaders predict hundreds of gay and straight couples will submit appeals for the treatment, which costs around £4,000 a time.

Local gay community leaders suggest the new rules will mean more loved and wanted babies being born in the area.

December 21, 2013

Ruling by federal judge clears way but state's attorney general has filed to halt ceremomies pending an appeal

Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson wasted no time.

Once they learned that a federal judge had declared Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday (20 December), they rushed to the Salt Lake County Clerk office and got their marriage license.

After they were married, Anderson posted their photo on Facebook: 'Me and my new husband!! My polygamous Mormon great grandparents would be so proud!'

December 14, 2013

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recognized as the father of his child conceived with donor semen in a landmark decision

The Supreme Court of Japan has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recorded as his child’s father, despite the child being created with donor sperm, in the first decision of its kind.

The 31-year-old unnamed man legally married his wife in 2008 after undergoing sex change procedures and she gave birth to their son in 2009 after undergoing artificial insemination.

November 14, 2013

Delays to their treatment, according to the couple, mean it is now ‘almost impossible’ for a Manchester couple to have a baby

A British lesbian couple is suing the National Health Service after claiming they were refused fertility treatment because of their sexuality.

The women, both 38 and in a civil partnership, are claiming they were told separately by a nurse and a doctor at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester that they were ineligible for IVF.

They claim it was because they are in a same-sex relationship.

Delays to their treatment, according to the couple, mean it is now ‘almost impossible’ for them to have a baby.

October 22, 2013

They may be cold blooded, but up to 85% of spiders and insects are getting hot under the exoskeleton when it comes to 'gay' sex

Some bugs are gay, get over it!

That's what some are claiming as scientists have revealed billions and billions of bugs are having gay sex by 'mistake'.

While it has long been observed many species of insects and spiders have gay sex, researchers have now claimed this is almost always ‘accidental’.

Scientists from Israel and Switzerland have proposed an answer to the question why nature has evolved to where many bugs court, mount and try to mate with members of the same sex.

In some species, up to 85% of males engage in homosexual behavior.

October 11, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown signs bill into law also applies to unmarried couples

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed in to law a bill that will give same-sex couples equal access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples.

The law also applies to unmarried people and makes clear a non-discrimination provision of existing California law. The law requires health health plans to cover fertility treatments but does not cover in vitro fertilization.

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.

September 16, 2013

Whether you are gay, bisexual or straight – if you need help starting your family you’ll find it at the Alternative Parenting Show thanks to its seminars

The Alternative Parenting Show returns to London on Saturday (21 September), and organizers have released the full list of seminars taking place during the event.

This annual show, which will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, is aimed at anyone – gay, bisexual or heterosexual – who may be having trouble starting a family.

September 13, 2013

Couple split six weeks after twins conceived via surrogate

David Tutera, host of the TV show My Fair Wedding, and his ex-husband have resolved a nasty custody battle over their infant twins: each will get one to raise.

The fraternal twins were conceived via a surrogate who was pregnant when Tutera and ex Ryan Jurica announced their split after 10 years of marriage amid some expolsive allegations.

Each sought sole custody of the twins who were born 19 June.

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.

August 11, 2013

'Abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church' made the Gastonguays flee the US for Kiribati, but the religious family will soon return thanks to the US

The Gastonguays had it all planned.

The Arizona family was going to leave the sinful land of the US, and make a pure life in the island nation of Kiribati. Unfortunately, two things got in the way: storms and the Pacific Ocean.

According to Talking Points Memo, Hannah Gastonguay said she and her family were fed up with the US government. As Christians, they do not believe in 'abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church.'

August 8, 2013

India is moving to pass legislation that will formally ban gay couples and unmarried foreigners from having children via Indian surrogate mothers after already denying same-sex couples visas for surrogacy

A proposed Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Bill in India will formally ban same-sex couples, singles and unmarried foreigners from seeking to have children via Indian surrogate mothers.

The bill was expected to be presented to the Indian Government’s cabinet today before being sent to the Parliament.

The bill was criticized by Delhi's International Fertility Center chairperson Rity Bakshi for placing stricter regulation on foreign couples than it did Indian couples.