Granted, having babies as a same- or similar-gender couple or transgender individual can be complicated. There are logistical issues, legal hurdles, and financial obstacles that cisgender heterosexual couples rarely consider or ever need to deal with. Just like heterosexual couples, some LGBT people will face infertility on top of "situational" infertility. Further, intersex individuals some of whom identify with the LGBT community may be infertile or have diminished fertility.
I t is official. The baby son of Elton John and David Furnish will refer to his parents as "Daddy" and "Papa" respectively once he gurgles his first words. What kids call gay parents is a relatively new question. And although lesbians are far more likely to have children either from previous heterosexual relationships as well as together using a sperm donor , gay dads are still quite rare. I ask Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, Britain's most famous gay dad, who with his partner Tony has five children ranging in age from one to 11, how they approached the issue. I wonder if this seems a bit hierarchical to Mommy2? Some names are a bit cutesy for my liking, but then same-sex couples do not have the thousands of years of precedent to follow, as straight couples do.
Looking to expand your family? As of February , an estimated 16, same-sex couples are raising more than 22, adopted children in the United States, according to The Williams Institute, a national think tank at UCLA Law that is dedicated to research on sexual orientation and public policy. Still, gay and lesbian couples looking to adopt face unique challenges and deep-seated prejudices that continue to exist in some agencies and individuals, even as private and government organizations are making strides to ensure that adoption policies are fair. If you have decided to adopt, keep these tips in mind as you navigate the adoption process :. Same-sex couples that want to have children have a variety of options to research and consider.
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