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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

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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’.

January 7, 2015

Raiden Quinn: 'I wish that even though her parents weren't accepting, I wish they hadn't cut her off from getting help'

Raiden Quinn was one of the few people who knew something about the pain and isolation Leelah Alcorn was experiencing before the transgender Ohio teen committed suicide last week.

January 3, 2015

'I don't know how I sensed it without anyone ever telling me'

Robbie Rogers reveals many things in his new autobiography Coming Out to Play including the surprising fact that he was a twin.

It's something he sensed from a very early age without anyone ever telling him.

'One day when I was six or seven years old I asked my mother if I had a twin brother,' he writes.

It's a fascinating story he let his mother, Theresa Rarick Rogers, write about in the book.

'I never said a word to my children about Robbie's twin, so I was shocked when Robbie asked me about his twin brother,' she writes.

December 30, 2014

The ruling came about after a Berlin couple had a son born via the use of a Californian surrogate mom and wanted to both be recognised as the child's parents

In a judgment that will provide legal recognition to some of Germany's gay parents, a ruling by the Bundesgerichtshof (the German Federal Court of Justice) has decreed that the male partner of any man with a surrogate child may also be regarded as the child’s parent.

Surrogacy is currently illegal in Germany. However, an increasing number of gay couples are exploring surrogacy as a route to parenthood, typically using surrogate moms abroad.

However, until now, only the biological father of any children born was recognized as the parent.

December 24, 2014

The annual conference for gay men who may be considering surrogacy returns to San Francisco on 10 January 2015

Interested in becoming a parent through surrogacy? Live on or near the west coast of the USA?

Men Having Babies have teamed up with Our Family Coalition to host a joint parenthood conference on Saturday 10 January in San Francisco.

The Men Having Babies expos – which take place regularly in the US, Israel and Europe – offer unbiased and comprehensive information for gay men, and anyone else, who is considering surrogacy as a route to parenthood.

December 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores a recent ruling by a UK judge criticizing the six-month window in which you UK parents of surrogate children can apply for a parental order

Over the last decade surrogacy has become a mainstream family building method for gay parents in the UK.

With many of these prospective parents travelling abroad (particularly to the USA), as well as finding surrogates across the UK, the demand for surrogacy is increasing whilst the law is trailing behind trying to keep up.

December 17, 2014

Emma Hill of the London Women’s Clinic answers some of the questions that women might have if they’re thinking about conception over the age of 40

The British newsreader Kate Silverton, 44, was recently interviewed by the Evening Standard about her experience as an older mum. Kate, who has just had her second baby at 43, discussed whether her generation had got it right by getting pregnant at 40 or over.

December 13, 2014

It pays to do your research when considering a fertility clinic and surrogacy agency; finding out about the experiences of those who have already undertaken the surrogacy journey is a good place to start

Thinking about surrogacy but have no idea where to begin when it comes to choosing an agency that will help you achieve your dreams of parenthood?

Choosing a country where surrogacy is legal and gay individuals or same-sex couples are welcome as prospective parents is always advisable.

December 12, 2014

'I’ve always felt the correct retort to “It’s a choice” is “Prove it. Suck my dick'"

Controversial sex columnist Dan Savage has never been one to sugarcoat his words and that was the case in a new interview in which he told Republican Mike Huckabee to 'suck my dick.'

In the interview published today in Playboy magazine, the LGBTI activist laid into others in the media who offer sex advice.

'Dr Laura is a vile piece of shit,' he said.

What about Dr Phil?

December 1, 2014

Country is a popular destination for gay couples seeking surrogate mothers

Thailand's parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy in a blow to gay would-be gay parents.

A draft bill passed its first reading on Thursday after a series of scandals sparked outrage over the unregulated industry.

The bill would punish profiting from surrogacy with up to 10 years in jail and ban middlemen and agencies from 'receiving any assets or benefits.'

'We want to put an end to this idea in foreigners’ minds that Thailand is a baby factory,' lawmaker Wallop Tungkananurak told AFP.

November 24, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores issues around known donation and co-parenting arrangements with regards to UK law

For same-sex couples who are looking to start a family there are a variety of options available in order to do this.

For lesbian couples a common preference is to conceive a child through a licensed UK fertility clinic with the assistance of the sperm from an anonymous donor.