- Many within the LGBTQ community show off their loving families at Pride events across the world.
- While some LGBTQ couples turn to other countries for surrogates, many choose adoption or IVF to start their families.
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As countries around the world start to recognise LGBTQ rights, the idea of a typical family has begun to change as well.
A Family Equality survey published in 2019 indicated that “up to 3.8 million LGBTQ millennials [in the US] are considering expanding their families in the coming years.”
People who identify as LGBTQ have turned to surrogacy, adoption, and IVF to become parents. As a result, families all over the world are looking different and more diverse.
From South Africa to Denver, these families with same-sex parents prove that “family” has no one definition.
Families with same-sex parents love to show their pride at LGBTQ events, like at Berlin’s Dyke March.
The LGBTQ community and its allies gather every year at the annual Dyke March in Berlin.
… or at the LGBTQ Pride Parade in Paris.
The pride parade in Miami Beach is another great time to celebrate family.
One of the biggest Pride events that LGBTQ families come out for is in New York.
An estimated 4.5 million people went to New York Pride in 2019.
Some families celebrate their love at local events, like this family at the Denver Family Field Day.
Families across Denver come together every year to celebrate the LGBTQ community at the Pride5K, the parade, and field day.
When they’re not showing their pride at big events, they’re just living their lives as loving families — like this one in South Africa.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since 2006, but in recent years, discrimination against the community has been on the rise.
… or this one in Taiwan.
Taiwan legalised same-sex marriage in 2019, becoming the first Asian country to do so.
When same-sex marriage became legal in Taiwan, many turned to their children to celebrate the historic moment.
Historic, life-changing moments are best shared with people you love.
LGBTQ families all over the world prove that love comes in every shape and size.
Love knows no bounds.
Some families even reach across continents, like this couple from Spain who had twins through a surrogate in India.
Mauro and Juan Carlos went to New Delhi after their surrogate gave birth to their twins.
This Argentinian couple also had a surrogate in India give birth to their child, starting a loving family.
In 2016, India announced plans to stop surrogates from giving babies to single parents and LGBTQ couples.
Surrogacy is common for same-sex couples looking to become parents, like this couple who made headlines in South Africa for having triplets with a surrogate.
South Africans Theo and Christo Menelaou used a surrogate in 2016 and were surprised to learn that they were having triplets. They became the country’s first same-sex couple to have triplets that share both of their fathers’ DNA.
Another option for same-sex couples is to adopt, like this Israeli couple.
In the US, 21.4% of same-sex couples are raising an adopted child.
Meanwhile, Steven Llanusa and Glenn Miya of California adopted three boys.
Steven Llanusa and Glenn Miya took in three young boys as foster children, but a couple of years later the pair adopted all three children.
Likewise, Lawrence Fernandez and Julian Montalbano were foster parents before adopting their son.
One in five same-sex couples have adopted children, according to NBC News.
Other couples have their children through IVF, like this couple in France.
In vitro fertilisation is a process that extracts the woman’s egg and the man’s sperm to bring them together in a laboratory dish in order to increase the chances of fertilisation.
Charlene Evans and her partner had their children using sperm from a Mexican American donor.
Evans and her partner are raising their children as “biracial, bicultural, and bilingual.”
All over the world, same-sex couples are turning to fertility treatments to have a family.
For example, the percentage of female same-sex couples in England who are using fertility treatment has increased by 12% in recent years.
Just like with heterosexual couples, the pregnancy process is a magical time.
Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for everyone – no matter their orientation.
No matter how LGBTQ people become parents, the children are lucky to have them.
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