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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.

November 20, 2014

After falling in love whilst in the British Army together, Tracey and Samantha Henry became moms to twin boys Finlay and Logan in 2011 through utilizing the IVF services at London Women’s Clinic. Tracey told GSN about the experience

‘Sam and I are both 34 years old and have been together almost seven years. We met whilst serving in the Army but got to know each other during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. We started a relationship in February 2008.

‘Sam has been in the army 16 years and is a Staff Sergeant with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. I left the Army after maternity leave and now work for BNP Paribas Rental Solutions in Basingstoke.

‘We first talked about starting a family in 2009 after we got engaged but wanted to wait as Sam was on an 18-month career course.

October 28, 2014

Richard Perrins – a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm, Natalie Gamble Associates – explains more on the upcoming changes to England and Wales’ same-sex marriage arrangements and the provisions to convert an existing civil partnership into marriage

As of the 29 March 2014, marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales became a reality and many have already tied the knot.

At the time the Same Sex Couples (Marriage) Bill was passed there was no immediate provision for those in a civil partnership to be able to convert this to a marriage if they chose.

October 26, 2014

Have you ever considered sperm donation but don’t know much about it? Toyin Jegede from the London Sperm Bank tells us more about the process and why gay men donate

Toyin, from your experiences at the London Sperm Bank and working with gay men who donate sperm, what are the common reasons that they wish to donate?

Here are some of the reasons, in their own words, why our gay donors donate:
‘My partner and I are currently in the process of working with an egg donor (surrogate) so I would like also to help others.’
‘I will not have my own children so feel the need to reproduce, to pass on genes.’
‘To help with donor reserves, to possibly pass on my genes.’
‘To help childless people.’

October 18, 2014

Thinking of becoming a parent? Interested in co-parenting? If you don’t already know someone else that also wants to start a family then an introduction website may be able to help. We talk to Seyi Joseph, the creator of FeelingBroody.com

When gay men consider starting a family, surrogacy and adoption are often presented as the only routes to explore. For lesbians, sperm donations and treatment can be obtained at licensed clinics.

However, these aren’t the only options. It’s not uncommon for a gay man to come to an arrangement with a woman to create a child – either through IVF or self-insemination techniques.

October 14, 2014

Are you a twin? Are you gay or bisexual and your sibling is straight? Then you might be able to help in a new study

Twins could hold the key to how our childhood experiences shape our sexual experiences and well-being.

Researchers at the University of Essex are seeking identical twins where one is gay or bisexual and the other is straight. Twins where both are gay, bisexual or straight are also being asked to help with the study.

They hope by studying these sets of twins, they will be able to uncover what social experiences during childhood make us become the people we are and how satisfied we are in life.

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.

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.

July 16, 2014

The stylish maternity and kids clothing company reveals its current best-selling products for pregnant mothers and younger kids

Looking for some stylish pregnancy wear or cool products for younger kids? Launched in 1993, JoJo Maman Bébé has evolved into becoming one of the UK’s foremost, niche, multi-channel in the pregnancy and baby market.

It offers adorable but practical baby and children’s clothing and a comprehensive collection of nursery products to cover the period from pregnancy to pre-school.

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.

April 17, 2012

FreedomhealthOnline provides safe and secure online medical services to supplement face-to-face consultations

Keeping up with today’s fast-paced lifestyle means it can be difficult to get everything you need from a doctor when you need it. It could also mean that you require more specialized attention than your GP can offer.

March 14, 2012

How e-cigarettes could be an easier way to quit your smoking habit

Smoking – everyone knows it’s bad for them and a habit that fast becomes a potential life-time addiction. Smoking a cigarette isn't just about that addictive nicotine hit, it’s a tactile experience, bound up with emotions and surroundings.

Studies show that gay men and women are particularly at risk of smoking. So we are keen to highlight ways of cutting down smoking or quitting the habit altogether.

January 13, 2012

Gay Star News’ Matt Horwood reviews his first ever facial and massage at MSH in Angel, north London

As a spa treatments virgin, I was sceptical on whether a trip to Angel-based MSH Well Being would be wasted on me.

A couple of hours after arriving, as I danced my way back to the underground station, I realised I could not have been more wrong. I had been converted.