Here’s a bit of what happened around the world in LGBT parenting, same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues for the week of August 26 – September 1, 2013.
Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, who runs two fertility clinics in the U.S., expects the number of gay parents seeking surrogacy will rise by as much as 15% now that DOMA has been overturned.
The Associated Press reported on an emerging trend in assisted reproduction: single dads who use surrogates to have kids on their own. Two of the three single dads interviewed for the story are gay, including Trey Powell, who had twin daughters via surrogate. “I feel so lucky every day,” Powell says.
In Israel, a lesbian couple was denied a surrogacy procedure. Dana Glisko wanted to be implanted with an egg from her partner of 10 years, Liat Moshe, but surrogacy procedures are only available to straight couples in Israel. The courts told them they could have the egg extracted in Israel but would have to go abroad to have it implanted. The couple has appealed the decision because it decreases their chance of a successful pregnancy. “Taking a frozen embryo abroad isn’t the same as implanting it here while it’s fresh,” Moshe said.
Journalists Jenna Wolfe, who anchors the weekend edition of the TODAY show, and Stephanie Gosk, a news correspondent for NBC, had a baby girl on Aug 21. Jenna has been blogging and tweeting about about little Harper.
Fell madly in love w Harper Estelle tonight. Thx for the kind words and well wishes. Other than that I'm speechless. pic.twitter.com/DpXwgnu1w9
— Jenna Wolfe (@JennaWolfe) August 22, 2013
A lesbian mom and a gay dad were two of the featured speakers at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington on Wednesday. Here’s the brief address from Elizabeth Byard, the executive director of GLSEN.
Gay dad Ricky Martin admitted to bullying gay people when he was younger. In an interview with GQ Australia, the pop star said he struggled with internalized homophobia: “I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, I’m not like that, I don’t want to be like that, that’s not me. I was ashamed.”
A lesbian couple in Iowa were successful in petitioning to have both their names on their son’s birth certificate.
Three same-sex couples in Nebraska are challenging the state’s policy that gay and lesbian couples may not serve as foster parents. Supporters of the challenge, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Lamda Legal, point out that it’s ridiculous to eliminate willing, qualified foster parents when so many kids need foster homes.
Three counties in New Mexico are now issuing same-sex marriage licences. The American Civil Liberties Union says the move could help set the precedent for making same-sex marriage legal state-wide.