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Stonewall has launched this week 'A Guide for Gay Dads', giving gay men practical advice in plain English on how to become a dad.
The guide is the brother publication to Pregnant Pause, released earlier this year. It guides prospective gay dads through all their options including adoption, co-parenting, surrogacy, sperm donation and fostering. It includes a handy glossary and spells out all the recent legal changes in plain English to help demystify the process.
I have a question about what and how to tell the parents of my children's friends about my being gay. Is it necessary to disclose my sexuality or that I have a partner to a child's parents when that child comes for a visit to our home or goes on an outing with us? I don't want to ask my children to keep silent about it because I think that sends the wrong message but I also don't want a 'secret' to keep the other parents from letting our children see each other. Any suggestions?
After much soul-searching, I have finally come out of the closet. It was pointless denying it any longer. Judging by the sniggers and knowing looks, everyone probably knew already. So I just came out with it: ‘I want a baby.’
I want to cradle the little mite in my arms. I want sleepless nights and afternoons in the park. I want to spend a small fortune every Christmas and moan about house prices in school catchment areas. In short, I’m broody.
MY WEIRD & WONDERFUL FAMILY
Wednesday 21st July 21:00 Channel 4
Cutting Edge goes behind the headlines to intimately portray how gay millionaires Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow's determination to have more children has affected them and their kids.
Barrie and Tony talk more to Channel 4 about how their family came about, and they offer advice to others in similar situations.
Channel 4: You've clearly been very honest and upfront with your children about how they were conceived. How important is it to be truthful?
A gay couple that made legal history when they fathered twins are celebrating the arrival of their fourth and fifth children.
Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow will be joined by more than 150 people at a christening service for five-month-old twins Dallas and Jasper tomorrow.
The millionaire couple, both businessmen in their 40s, said the boys were born to a surrogate mother in California in February, and would be christened at St John the Baptist Church in Danbury
Surrogates are unusual women who selflessly carry a child to term for someone who cannot otherwise do so. They endure psychological counseling, fertility treatments, pregnancy cravings, swollen feet and more, all with a smile on their face. The end prize: happy families that they help create.
What these surrogates don’t have much of is a network just for them. A place to go when the hormones are raging, to question other surrogates about the legal process or just to express how they’re feeling after the baby is born.
Do you ever wonder what father’s day is like in a house with two dads? In a home with gay parents raising children, the emphasis is on Father’s day being about ‘Fathers’ or parents rather than on an individual.
Father’s day in a house with two dads can be an extra special event. The only challenge however, is that when you are celebrating both of your dads on the same day, then father’s day doesn’t actually celebrate either parent as an individual. Instead of being about one parent it is about both parents which makes it more of a family day.
The nation’s largest surrogacy agency announced today the creation of the first ever financing program for clients who are creating or expanding their families through surrogacy.
Growing Generations unique program will provide up to $100,000 in financing for qualifying clients working with the company’s surrogacy program. The loans offer competitive interest rates comparable to second mortgages or equity lines of credit.