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May 20, 2015

Voting 'yes' in the upcoming marriage referendum on May 22 will not affect access to surrogacy, says Irish head of government

Voting in favour of same-sex marriage will not affect access to surrogacy in Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

In the final press conference for Fine Gael, the largest of the two political parties governing the country, Kenny admitted surrogacy laws need further clarification, although this remains a 'complicated area' requiring further consultation.

He is, however, committed to banning commercial surrogacy, whether or not a new law is passed.

May 19, 2015

Wait, what?!

Gay and bisexual teens are about twice as likely to become or get someone pregnant than their straight peers, according to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

Previous studies found an increased risk of pregnancy among LGBTI youth but the statistics were old and mostly only for girls.

For the new study, researchers used data from nearly 10,000 New York City high school students from 2005, 2007 and 2009.

May 13, 2015

New bill would close loophole that allowed trans woman to wed her girlfriend

Russian lawmakers Tuesday (12 May) introduced a bill to ban transgender people from getting married.

Gay marriage is already banned in the country. But the proposed amendment to the family code would prohibit marriage between 'persons of the same gender (as identified at birth), including in cases of gender change, either before the marriage or at the moment of marriage.'

May 6, 2015

Mother who broke surrogacy agreement used 'offensive language' in court

A baby girl in the United Kingdom is going to live with her father and his boyfriend after her mother supposedly broke a surrogacy deal.

The ruling is supposed to settle a fight between the parents over the agreement; while the girl’s biological father said the mother agreed to be a surrogate for him and his partner, she argued the men had agreed for her to be the main parent.

‘The pregnancy was contrived with the aim of a same-sex couple having a child to form a family assisted by a friend,’ Ms Justice Russell said.

April 27, 2015

Israel will airlift 52 of its citizens out of earthquake ravaged Nepal who were in the country accessing commercial surrogacy and most are same-sex couples who cannot legally do so at home

A large group of gay and lesbian Israeli parents are being airlifted out of Nepal after being caught up in the earthquake.

They were in the country to access commercial surrogacy that they are banned from using in their own country.

Surrogacy is legal in Israel but only for heterosexual couples so singles and same-sex couples often travel overseas to access commercial surogacy.

With countries like Thailand cracking down on the practice, there has been a growth in the sector in Nepal.

April 27, 2015

So adorable

Do you need to know how to explain to kids how two women can have a baby?

Well, have no fear, because seven-year-old Sophia has the explanation for you.

Not only that, she has some pretty awesome drawings as well.

'A girl has an egg and a boy has sperm. So, they do something which is called... "they do something",' she says in the video.

'So they call this guy at this place called a sperm donor! And then they ask for sperm and then he gives it to them and then they say thank you.'

So adorable.

Watch it below:

April 24, 2015

But they don’t want to win elections, they just want a tax break

Manif Pour Tous, a group that came to fame protesting same-sex marriage in France, is becoming a political party.

But the group doesn’t actually want to win elections. They won’t even be fielding any candidates.

Instead, they admit that their new status will mean they benefit from tax breaks, reports leading French newspaper Le Monde.

April 21, 2015

'The two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain'

The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah's ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.

Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of '100 scholars of marriage.' The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.

April 13, 2015

Looking to travel abroad for surrogacy? Mark Heppinstall, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, explains the options for UK parents

Surrogacy arrangements are becoming ever more popular.

Although official statistics remain hard to come by, recent research suggests that people from the UK are statistically the most likely of our European counterparts to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements abroad.

The legal position varies widely from country to country and there is little consistency across different legal jurisdictions.

March 26, 2015

What happens when you decide to donate your eggs? One woman tells her life-changing story

Recent reports show that the number of women registering as egg donors has risen every year since 2006 with numbers increasing to 1,103 in 2013. Similarly, there has been an increase of more than 50% in the last five years of women having treatment with donor eggs.

Following its launch in 2013, the UK's London Egg Bank has seen hundreds of women come through the doors looking to donate their eggs. Here one of them tells her story:

March 19, 2015

'There is nothing synthetic about a soul So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?'

Madonna has a message for designers Dolce and Gabbana: 'Think before you speak.'

The Material Girl, who has been extremely high profile in recent weeks promoting her new album Rebel Heart, took to Instagram to deliver a message to the gay designers who have infuriated many.

They stated last week that 'the only family is the traditional one' and labeled as 'synthetic' children born through in vitro fertilization.

March 10, 2015

Gemma Whitchurch, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, looks at some if the legal issues around surrogacy for those in the UK

Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child. For many childless couples and same sex partners it can enable them to have a baby when it would otherwise have been impossible.

There are two types of surrogacy:

1. Full surrogacy (also known as host or gestational). This involves the implantation of an embryo created using either:

• the eggs and sperm of the intended parents;

• a donated egg fertilized with sperm from the intended father; or

March 9, 2015

Natalie Gamble, the surrogacy lawyer who advised single gay dad Kyle Casson, who used his mom as a surrogate, explains the significance of the UK High Court's decision – and what it means for UK surrogacy

The Daily Mail near exploded with excitement with Saturday's front page headline about 'A Mum, her son and their baby'.

The story was about gay single dad Kyle Casson, whose mother, acting as a surrogate, carried a baby for him conceived with his sperm and a donor egg.

March 7, 2015

Volunteers are lining up to help first-time dads adjust to caring for their daughters

Being a new parent can be daunting at the best of times.

But when first-time dads Shannon Sanderson and Peter Trigg received an unexpected email telling them they were having not one baby, but three, they knew they would have to enlist some help.

The couple welcomed their surrogate babies, Chloe, Maddison and Dior, into their lives on November 6 2014, after three failed IVF attempts.

While Mr Trigg has returned to work to support the family financially, Mr Sanderson has taken on the role of stay-at-home dad.

March 7, 2015

‘We both have brothers who we hope will donate. Her egg, my brother's sperm, and then remove my egg, artificially inseminate it with her brother's sperm, and transplant it into her uterus.’

Lesbian parents have spoken out about how they came to one of the most important decisions they will ever make: deciding which partner will give birth to their child.

From finding suitable sperm, to questions around guardianship, egg donation and fertility, users of Reddit revealed the joys and challenges leading to the conception and birth of their families.

March 7, 2015

The biological father is reported to be the first single man to have a child through surrogacy in the UK, and the first to do so using his own mother as a surrogate

Desperate to become a father and having been turned away by surrogacy clinics across the country, the then 24-year-old gay man decided to approach his mother to be a surrogate to carry his child after plans to have another female relative do so fell through.

Kyle Casson's mother Anne-Marie, then 45, gave birth to her grandson, Miles, eight months ago via C-section, according to media reports.

She became pregnant via IVF after an anonymous donor egg – arranged through a fertility clinic – was fertilized with sperm from her son, Kyle.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 20, 2015

See the full image inside

Transgender model Aydian Dowling has recreated Adam Levine's iconic nude photo for FTM magazine.

The magazine’s publisher, Jason Robert Ballard, said he saw similarities between Dowling's and Levine's physiques and set out to recreate the image.

'Some areas of my body used to remind me of everything I’m not. Now they represent everything I am,' Dowling said.

He is the owner of Point 5cc Clothing, an artist, motivational speaker and advocate for trans rights, and the cover model for the April edition of FTM Magazine.

February 19, 2015

It was first thought that around 1 in 2000 babies were born on the spectrum between a male body and a female body

As many as one in 100 people could in some way could be described as intersex, scientists have said.

Dr Claire Ainsworth, a developmental biologist, has argued advances in research mean the traditional two-sex 'male' and 'female' notion is outdated, and that chromosomes, anatomy, cells and hormones often don't all conform.

While it was once thought that one in 2000 babies are born intersex, this could be a vast underestimation.

February 19, 2015

A gay dad himself, Families Through Surrogacy founder Sam Everingham takes a look at current surrogacy options for gay men ahead of the organization’s London consumer conference this March

The last decade has seen a huge increase in gay men creating families through surrogacy.

Once restricted to fairly expensive USA options, recent years have seen parents-to-be working with surrogates here in the UK, as well as India, Thailand and Eastern Europe – sometimes running into legal complications in the process.

February 16, 2015

With the law in the UK now requiring sperm donors to disclose their identity to the authorities, more and more patients are choosing donation from someone they know and trust, says Venessa Smith, of the London Women’s Clinic’s Sperm Bank

The change of law in 2005 with respect to the identity of sperm donors has had a dramatic effect on public attitudes towards donation. What changed in April 2005 was the freedom of donors to remain anonymous.

The change of law now means that anyone who has been born using donated sperm, eggs or embryos has, at the age of 18, the right to ask the government’s fertility watchdog (the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: HFEA) for information about the donor.

February 3, 2015

The proposed law will only be used to treat women with specific genetic disorders and will not be open to same-sex couples

British MPs have today voted in favor of passing controversial legislation that will allow children to be conceived using genetic material from three different people: two women and a man.

It makes the UK the first country in the world to introduce such a law.

January 15, 2015

The two women, wearing custom-made T-shirts, took to Reddit to announce the news of their forthcoming child

A Reddit user has posted a photo announcing that she and her partner are to become moms.

Titled ‘A nontraditional baby announcement for a nontraditional family’, user MeggoEggo1’s photo features her and her partner in custom-made T-shirts, with one bearing the words, ‘I’m pregnant’, and the other – MeggoEggo1 herself – carrying the slogan, ‘I’m not the father’.