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The 2nd Brussels Conference on Parenting Options for European Gay Men, September 24-25, 2016


More than 220 attendees from 12 countries attended the 2016 MHB Brussels conference on Parenting options for European gay men. The conference was widely covered by the Belgian media, allowing us to raise the need for ethical and effective surrogacy legislation around Europe, amid increasing political debates across Belgium, Italy, France, and the Netherlands regarding surrogacy and assisted reproduction. Representatives of seven European LGBT associations expressed frustration over the currently limited fatherhood options gay Europeans have, and joined MHB in calling for ethical and effective European surrogacy parenting options. The call was informed by ethical parameters for the use of surrogacy that were developed by MHB in collaboration with an advisory committee of surrogates, two of whom took part in the conference. This was MHB’s second Brussels Conference and it once again provided a wealth of unbiased information and access to a wide range of relevant service providers. It was offered in an expanded two-days format, and at a larger venue, yet once again an overflow room with live video feed had to be added to accommodate the large demand. It brought together community activists from several LGBT European organizations, medical and legal experts, parents and surrogate mothers. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees will benefit the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and are earmarked for prospective adoptive or surrogacy parents from Europe

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Men Having Babies joined leading Dallas LGBT organizations to bring its surrogacy parenting conference to prospective gay dads across the South


The first MHB South Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo was held in Dallas, Texas on Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. The Dallas conference received wide support from leading LGBT establishments and groups in Texas including the Resource Center (the primary LGBT organization in North Texas), the Dallas Voice, Rainbow Roundup, Cathedral of Hope, The Handsome Father, and the Teddy Bear Party. With our partners’ help we welcomed to the event 25 Gay Parenting Expo exhibitors, and over 150 attendees from all over Texas, as well as Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Nevada and California. The full-day program will included an overview of surrogacy and step-by-step guidance and peer advice on picking providers and budgeting, plus a resource fair, breakout sessions, and on-site private consultations with leading agencies and clinics from around the USA. Proceeds from the event benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).

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The 4th International Surrogacy and Infertility Conference in Israel, March 10-11, 2016


Our Fourth Tel Aviv Surrogacy and Fertility Conference, held March 10-11, 2016, was not just our best-attended Israeli event yet, but was also highly significant in promoting public discourse and awareness about the social and ethical aspects of surrogacy. The conference was marked by the unprecedented participation of WIZO, the largest provider of social services for women, children and youth in Israel. WIZO joined our coalition of partners, including the Israeli Gay Fathers' Association, to help stage MHB's biggest conference to date, including almost 500 gay and straight intended parents, speakers, researchers and other professionals. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP), earmarked for Israeli parents, and WIZO's 'Pundak' project for the advancement of surrogacy.

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The San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo by Men Having Babies and Our Family Coalition, January 23-24, 2016


The 2016 West Coast Men Having Babies conference was held once again in collaboration with Our Family Coalition. About 200 prospective parents benefited from expert and personal stories panels, and opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers at the Gay Parenting Expo, breakout sessions and in private consultations. The 2016 the conference was offered in an expanded format — starting Saturday afternoon and continuing for the full day Sunday. We’ve added some in-depth programs including a roundtable about surrogacy ethics, and several specialty panels including insurance, budgeting, and psychological aspects. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and Our Family Coalition.

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Men Having Babies / New York City, November 15, 2015


The 11th annual NYC Men Having Babies conference took place on November 15, 2015, at the JCC Manhattan, also a co-sponsor. Over two hundred and fifty parents, prospects and professionals enjoyed 11 hours of educational programs. More than 25 clinics, agencies and community organizations exhibited at the expo, hosted breakout sessions, and offered on-site consultations. MHB provides unparalleled opportunities for any gay person considering having children through surrogacy, to get unbiased information, access a wide range of relevant service providers, and connect with others going through the process. Special afternoon programs included a comparative panel about parenting options in the USA, Canada, and Mexico, a roundtable about surrogacy ethics, and several in-depth panels including insurance, budgeting, and psychological aspects. Proceeds from the conference benefited the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

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Men Having Babies Midwest / Chicago, September 20, 2015


Following the successful collaboration in offering a mini-conference in September 2014, Men Having Babies teamed up once again with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center to offer a program dedicated to biological parenting for gay men— and this time it was a full day conference held on September 20, 2015. For the first time in any USA conference, this event offered extensive information and presentations about parenting options in Canada, Mexico and beyond. Our two local community partners assisted in provided outstanding hospitality and support in order to accommodate over 20 Gay Parenting Expo exhibitors, and the 150 parents, prospects, and professional that attended. The program included peer advice on planning a parenting journey and choosing providers as well as expert and personal stories from various panelists. New this year, the event featured twenty meet the sponsor breakout sessions as well as on-site private consultations with select clinics and surrogacy agencies in town for the event. Sponsorship proceeds benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.


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The Brussels Conference on Parenting Options for European Gay Men, May 2-3, 2015


Our Brussels conference attracted more than 200 prospective gay fathers from 10 countries, and garnered intense media attention. The conference brought together community activists, medical and legal experts, parents and surrogate mothers. Several workshops and panels offered peer advice on surrogacy and adoption of children from the USA, finding and picking professionals to help in the process, and information about MHB's Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP). Attended also benefited from the opportunity to meet more than twenty clinics, agencies and community organizations at the packed resource fair. The large attendance was accommodated by adding an overflow room where dozens of attendees watched the presentations via live video feed. The conference also served to raise awareness of limited domestic parenting options for European gay men, amid increasing political debates across Belgium, France, and the Netherlands regarding surrogacy and assisted reproduction legislation. Sponsorship proceeds benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and are earmarked for prospective adoptive or surrogacy parents from Europe.

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The 3nd annual International Surrogacy Conference in Tel Aviv, February 13-14, 2015


We were proud to once again offer a 3-day international surrogacy conference in Israel in February 2015. The conference attracted over 100 intended parents, dozens of parents who came with their children for a family reunion, agencies and clinics from around the world. The conference focus was on international surrogacy opportunities, mostly in the USA, but also in Israel, Nepal and Mexico. Additional co-sponsoring organization is the Israeli Gay Fathers Association. Proceeds from sponsorship fees benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

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The San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo by Men Having Babies and Our Family Coalition, January 10, 2015


The 2015 West Coast Men Having Babies conference was held once again in cooperation with Our Family Coalition. Following the successful collaboration in offering a mini-conference early 2014, the two organizations teamed up again for a full day conference. More than 160 prospective parents benefited from expert and personal stories panels, and opportunities to meet twenty providers from across the United States and beyond at the Gay Parenting Expo, breakout sessions and in private consultations. Additional supportive organizations included the SF LGBT Center and Gay Future Dads. Proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) and Our Family Coalition.

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Men Having Babies / New York City, November 2, 2014


On November 2, 2014, Men Having Babies held its largest conference ever. Hosted and co-sponsored by the JCC Manhattan, more than 250 current and future parents, surrogates, doctors, lawyers and surrogacy professionals participated in a day filled with panels, workshops and a fair featuring the largest concentration of the world’s leading surrogacy agencies and fertility clinics ever assembled. In addition to providing personal and expert advice for prospective parents, the conference featured an ethical panel, a spirited discussion of the future of surrogacy in New York State, and the first ever panel of teenagers born via surrogacy to gay parents, in a partnership with Family Equality Council. The teens mesmerized and enchanted the audience as they shared with humor and maturity their feelings, experiences and stories about their unique family situation.

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Men Having Babies Midwest / Chicago, September 13, 2014


Men Having Babies in cooperation with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center presented the first Midwestern Gay Surrogacy seminar in Chicago on September 13, 2014.
More than 120 parents, prospects and professionals participated at the “Surrogacy 101” workshop, Gay Parenting Expo, reception, Exhibitor introductions, on-site consultations and information about the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and other local and national resources. Sponsorship proceeds benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program. The partnering organization have agreed to collaborate to provide an expanded format conference for 2015 - stay tuned for more information.


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The 2nd annual International Surrogacy Conference in Tel Aviv, February 13-15, 2014


In February 2014 Men Having Babies once again partnered with the Tel Aviv Gay Center to offer a 3-day international surrogacy conference in Israel. The conference attracted over 150 intended parents, dozens of parents who came with their children for a surrogacy family reunion, agencies and clinics from around the world, public officials, and much media attention. The program include more exhibitors that ever before and new specialty panels for both gay and straight prospective parents. The focus of the conference was on international surrogacy opportunities, mostly in the USA, but also Thailand and Mexico. Proceeds from sponsorship fees benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program, earmarked for prospective parents from Israel.

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Men Having Babies San Francisco 1.9.14 - Gay Surrogacy mini-conference


Men Having Babies and Our Family Coalition present our first Northern California seminar dedicated to biological parenting for gay men at the San Francisco LGBT Center, January 9th, 2014. Parents, prospects, professionals and allies are invited for a surrogacy 101 workshop, resource exhibit, book fair, reception, and information about the Gay Parenting Assistance Program and other ways to get involved. Additional supportive organizations include the SF LGBT Center and Gay Future Dads.

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Men Having Babies / New York City, October 6, 2013


The 2013 NYC Men Having Babies conference took place on October 6th, 2013, at the JCC in Manhattan, which also co-sponsored the event. About two hundred parents, prospects and professionals enjoyed 11 hours of educational programs. More than 30 clinics, agencies and community organizations exhibited at the expo and hosted breakout sessions, and for the first time, also offered on-site consultations. MHB provides unparalleled opportunities for any gay person considering having children through surrogacy, to get unbiased information, access a wide range of relevant service providers, and connect with others going through the process. This year the organization also added a book fair and special interest panels for gay men who are already parents, and men who are HIV positive. The conference also marked the official launch of the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program.

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Men Having Babies West / Los Angeles, May 5, 2013


The first ever West Coast Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo took place May 5, 2013, at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The event was organized by the nonprofit organization Men Having Babies which has previously offered similar programs in New York, Barcelona and Tel Aviv. The groundbreaking event, designed to provide the most up-to-date information to gay prospective surrogacy parents, featured 20 American and international surrogacy agencies and clinics; personal stories of surrogates and dads who have gone through the surrogacy process themselves; and panel discussions featuring legal and medical experts, a special panel on parenting for HIV positive men, and information on both independent and agency-guided surrogacy. Twenty-four breakout sessions and an expo allowed prospective parents to become more familiar with exhibiting agencies and clinics, as well as supportive community organizations. As it is our custom, proceeds from sponsorship and exhibiting fees benefited our Gay Parenting Financial Assistance Fund.

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Men Having Babies Israel / Tel Aviv, February 2013


In February 2013 Men Having Babies partnered with the Tel Aviv Gay Center to offer a 3-day international surrogacy conference that attracted about 200 intended parents, dozens of parents who came with their children for a surrogacy family reunion, 14 agencies and clinics from around the world, the Tel Aviv mayor, and much media attention. The program was an extended version of the successful format of our programs in the USA and Europe. The focus of the conference was on international surrogacy opportunities, mostly in the USA, but also Thailand, Mexico and Nepal. Proceeds from sponsorship fees benefited our Gay Parenting Financial Assistance Fund.

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Men Having Babies / New York City 2012


The 8th annual NYC seminar took place on September 22, 2012. The event featured a record number of exhibitors, an expanded daylong format includes 24 breakout sessions, expert and personal stories panels, and a gay parenting exhibition. About 150 prospective parents attended the expo, and several large donations were announced to the Gay Parenting Financial Assistance Fund.

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Comedy fundraiser / community celebration featuring Judy Gold


On Monday, Oct. 1st we gathered for a night of laughs to benefit our new financial assistance fund! The event featured popular comedian (and gay parent) Judy Gold and a lineup of top gay and gay-friendly comedians as part of the monthly benefit program at the Gotham called "Alyse Kenny Presents...It's A Charity Thing!" We are proud to have raised a significant amount thanks to the participants and generous donations from our members for raffle: two Broadway tickets (courtesy of BJ Holt), a $100 gift certificate to the Bogota Latin Bistro restaurant (thank you George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros!), and a set that includes a voucher for a free night of baby nursing services and a $100 gift card from Chapman Hill Baby, a baby nursing service and an online baby supplies and toy store.


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Men Having Babies / Europe 2012


The first "Men Having Babies - Europe" took place in April at the Second European Conference of the Network of European LGBT Family Associations (NELFA), near Barcelona, Spain. The elaborate program included a comprehensive surrogacy seminar, a Gay Parenting Services Exhibit, and eight breakout sessions on topics such as ethical surrogacy practices, international surrogacy laws, know vs. anonymous egg donations, and speaking to surrogacy kids about their origin.

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Men Having Babies / NY 2011


The seventh annual Men Having Babies seminar and exhibit took place October 2, 2011.
Click on the image on the left for the seminar page, or you see the entire program in our video library.

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Ethical Surrogacy Practices / Paris 2011


At the request of the French LGBT parenting association ADFH, we assisted in organizing a seminar in Paris on September 19, 2011. The well attended seminar featured several experts from the USA and France, as well as a surrogate and two parents. The focus was the practices that can allow people adjust their surrogacy journey to suite their ethical convictions. Click on the image on the left for the seminar page, or you see the entire program in our video library (English and French).