The Center [New York City’s LGBT community center], sponsored it’s fifth annual seminar called Men Having Babies on September 12, 2009. The conference is about biological parenting for gay men – and it’s hosted by Center Kids, the Center’s family program for LGBT parents and their children.
Men Having Babies has been offered for the last four years, with dozens of people in attendance. This year’s event included a closer look at egg donation considerations. The format of the event provided expert and personal advice while also allowing a wide range of organizations to introduce themselves and make contact with interested prospective parents.
The event had three parts:
- A panel of legal and medical experts provided an overview of the surrogacy and egg donation process [1:00 – 2:00 PM].
- Personal stories from NY gay parents and a surrogate [2:30 – 3:30 PM].
- Short presentations [2:00 – 2:30 PM] and an exhibition [before and after panel] by agencies and organizations who provide services and support for gay men who want to have babies.
The panel was moderated by Terry Boggis, the director of Center Kids. A surrogate shared her story, and took time to answer a few questions from us.
The event took place at the NYC LGBT Center: 208 West 13th Street [near 7th Avenue].
Visit the Men Having Babies home page to learn more and view videos from previous seminars.