Details magazine’s “The Gay Baby Boom” story features John Weltman and several Circle parents
Details magazine published an in-depth story in their May 2008 issue about the increasing numbers of gay men who are becoming fathers. The article cites observations of academics, doctors, lawyers, and gay advocacy groups who say that “there appears to be a boom in homosexual men having babies.” Edward Lewine, the article’s author, based much of the article on interviews with John Weltman, Circle Surrogacy’s president, along with several former Circle clients.
Most of the article describes the experiences of fathers through surrogacy, which is the method of choice for an increasing numbers of gay men. Among the reasons for this trend is the fact that surrogacy is often faster than adoption, doesn’t involve “persuading social workers that you are fit to be a parent, and allow[s] you to pass your genes along to your children.” In particular, most gay men prefer gestational surrogacy, the method that involves IVF and egg donation from a women who does not carry the babies, because it gives the carrier no legal rights to the child she gives birth to. The article also provides an account of the evolution of this “gayby boom”, the generational gap it seems to expose within the community, and how an increasing number of single gay guys are going it alone (though not for long, as many pair off soon after they become parents). Below are some excerpts and a link to the article online.
You can read more at http://www.circlesurrogacy.com/news/2008/details-circle-surrogacy-gay-baby-boom_2008_03_news.html