Archive for Gay Dads

Gay Parents Australia

There is a great website to be launched in 2014 for Gay Parents in Australia. The website is called http://gayparentsaustralia.com.au

So why join Gay Parents Australia

Meet other same-sex families
As a gay parent, you are actually changing the world just by living your life. Connect with other gay parents from across Australia. Make friends with same-sex families in your area. Find service providers that are relevant to you and your family.

For aspiring gay parents
Knowledge is power. Connect with other aspiring gay parents from across Australia and in your area. Create a network of friends and allies – share stories, help each other out. Find service providers that are relevant to your unique needs.

Real people, real stories
We are creating a collection of real stories told by real gay and lesbian people.
We will publish these stories so that your collective voices can be heard and shared in the public domain. If you have an interesting story about your conception, pregnancy or parenting journey that you would like to share, please tell us about it.

Gayby Baby Documentary Needs Gay Dads!!!!

Maya Newell is currently making a documentary about gay and lesbian families and hoping that you may be able to help.

Please have a look at the trailer here: http://gaybybaby.pozible.com.au

 

I have two lesbian mums and I am interested in telling the story of families like mine from the perspective of the children; a side to the story that hasn’t yet been told. We’re currently interviewing children from ages 7 -16 from all races and regions across Australia about their personal experiences, interactions and views on their family.  The process has been incredibly inspiring.

We have been filming with some families for a year now, however, we have yet to find kids with two dads. This is now our priority.

If you are a gay dad, or know someone who is, please get in touch. We would love you to be involved.

You can contact Maya on: 0422474465 or email gaybybaby.doco@gmail.com

FOLLOW GAYBYBABY

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@gaybybaby
TRAILER http://gaybybaby.pozible.com.au

FILM INFO

Australia is in the midst of a gayby-boom. Twenty-four percent of gay and lesbian couples are now raising a child and their queer spawn are invisibly roaming Australian streets and schools.

In the 70s and 80s, when same-sex marriage and IVF for lesbian mothers was just a pipe dream, some decided not to wait on progress, but to create it. These first generation gaybies have grown-up, and together with an increasing number of gayby children they’re a cultural phenomenon we know nothing about. Who are they? And what is it like to grow up with same-sex parents?

While most kids are grappling with the idea of Man + Woman = Baby, gaybies are fluent in IVF technologies. They are well versed on how to hide their families, see a very different side to sexual discrimination, and it is largely unrecognized that gaybies have to “come out” too. The documentary will explore what our schools are teaching kids about “family”, what exactly is a “father figure” and are they important? And how does a teenager complain about their parents when they’re always trying to prove their family has a right to exist?

At a time when same-sex marriage is being passionately discussed worldwide, this film turns to the kids who live in the middle of the debate and, rather than speculating (as has been done so long by experts, politicians and activists), it asks the kids plain and simple, what is it really like having gay parents?

Gayby Baby will follow the newest generation of gaybies as they speak openly about their woes and passions; what’s great about their family, and what’s not. For some of them, being a gayby doesn’t matter at all, while for others it’s at times an uncomfortable reality.

Gayby Baby is a child’s eye view of our newest kind of family.

WHY I WANT TO MAKE THIS DOCUMENTARY

Gayby Baby is a documentary that I have felt I need to make for a long time. When I was a kid, there were not that many other children with gay parents. I would have loved to have been able to watch a film and feel that my experiences were shared. So I’ve decided to make that film.

This is a film to create a voice for children in same-sex families and also to encourage a healthier understanding in the public arena surrounding queer families.

We live in a country where same-sex couples are not allowed to marry and conservatives continually say we need a mother and a father. I want to change that because I have loved growing up with two mothers. In my opinion, children need love, security and support and it doesn’t matter if that is given by one parent, two parents or more.

Maya Newell

w: www.mayanewell.com

m: +614 22474465

GLBT New and Prospective Parents Focus Group

Henry from The Bouverie Centre has asked Coming Out Australia to post this request:

They are looking for Gay Dads, Lesbian Mums to take part in a focus group, below is a brief description:

At the end of last year, my colleague Jennifer and I held some focus groups with service providers who work with new and prospective parents: maternal child health nurses, general counsellors, family mediators, psychologists, IVF counsellors, family therapists, midwives, educators, and others working in this general field.

We wanted to know what sort of information they would like to see in resources designed to support them to improve service delivery for same-sex parented families. The workers in this group had a range of experience. Some had met just a few same-sex parented families in their professional lives. Others had met many.

The groups were very interesting and it is clear that those who attended are invested in improving the services to GLBT parented families. They were eager to tell us where they thought services could be improved, but even more eager to hear what the clients themselves want. For some mainstream service providers there is a strong commitment to consumer-driven resource development and service delivery. For example, some of the maternal and child health nurses in the group wanted to know how to better support men who have newly arrived children from overseas surrogacy. Others were unsure about how to support both mums and dads in co-parenting relationships. Some counsellors in the groups had very astute questions and observations about the complexities of the emotional rollercoaster that new parenting can be, particularly when there is an added layer of stress that same-sex attracted parents often have to deal with, but they still had questions about how to offer the best service to families.

Therefore we would like to hear from more GLBT new parents/prospective parents about their experiences using mainstream service providers (or perhaps why they are reluctant to use them). If you live in Melbourne and are available to talk to us, we a hosting a lunchtime focus group:

Wednesday 7th March

12.15pm

Lunch will be provided

Children are welcome (we have toys)

The Bouverie Centre

8 Gardiner St, Brunswick, Melbourne

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Henry at h.vondoussa@latrobe.edu.au or call Jen on 9385 5131 (leave a message if she does not answer!).

We realise that this timeslot will not be a good one for people who work, or people’s who have children with midday sleep requirements. So if you can’t make this time but are still keen to be involved, please get in touch anyway as we will try and arrange another time and/or some phone interviews as well.

 

GLOCKIDS


GLOCKIDS is a peer support organisation run by Coming Out Australia for the following:

*Gay and lesbian people who have had children through a heterosexual relationship.
*Partners of gay and lesbian people with children
*Children of gay and lesbian people who were conceived through a heterosexual relationship
*Same Sex Co-parenting couples.
*Step Families in the GLBTIQ Community
*Family members of the above.

Click here for more information

~~ BOOK LAUNCH – MY TWO SUPER DADS ~~

~~ BOOK LAUNCH – MY TWO SUPER DADS ~~
~~ Guest Speaker: Wayne Elliott of Gay Dads Alliance & Coming Out Australia~~Join us for the launch of the gorgeous picture book My Two Super Dads, the latest children’s book offering from Bronny and Muntsa.

Families come in all different shapes, sizes and makeup these days. This family has two dads and shares the story of day to day life: cooking, games and fun all around!

Excerpt:

“I’ve got two Dads
We make a family
We’ve got a cat and a dog
And a garden with a big oak tree”

We’d love to see you for a reading of the book with special guest speaker Wayne Elliott from Gay Dad’s Alliance and Coming Out Australia speaking about his experience as a gay dad.

Tea, Coffee, Jam and Scones for afternoon tea with Bronny signing books purchased on the day.

When:
Saturday 19 November · 13:00 – 16:00
Where:

Hares & Hyenas Cafe Bookshop

65 Johnstone Street
Fitzroy, Australia

Gay Dads Australia – 6th Surrogacy Forum to be held in Melbourne

REGISTRATION for the 6th Surrogacy for Gay Men Forum is Now Open.  

To register please visit www.gaydadsaustralia.com.au and complete the registration form.

Gay Dads Australia is pleased to announce that we will be holding the 6th Surrogacy for Gay Men Forum in Melbourne on Saturday 5th November 2011 from 11am to 2pm.

They are pleased to be able to hold this important forum at the JOY 94.9 function room in Melbourne’s CBD.  JOY 94.9 is Melbourne’s Gay and Lesbian Radio Station and is an amazing supporter of gay dads and rainbow families. Gay Dads Australia is thrilled that JOY 94.9 is supporting them in holding this forum.  Please support them.

Gay Dads Australia will be announcing a full program details shortly but if you are interested in finding out more about becoming a dad via surrogacy then please mark this in your diary and register online at www.gaydadsaustralia.com.  They will have some great speakers to help you learn about surrogacy in general, surrogacy in Victoria, surrogacy in USA and surrogacy in India.  Light refreshments will be provided.

The forum is more than just a chance to learn about surrogacy, it is also an opportunity to meet and network with guys going through the process as well.

The forum as always will be FREE and put on entirely by volunteers.

Last year Gay Dads Australia got around 90 guys coming along to the forum (some are now dads!!!) and we expect that there will be a similar demand for the forum this year.  Registration is now open at www.gaydadsaustralia.com.au so please register early.

Every years Gay Dads Australia get guys from around the country (and from outside Australia) flying in for the forum and they certainly encourage guys interstate to come if they can. So far They have several interstate couples registered!!!