First European Men Having Babies scheduled for April 29, 2012

European LGBT Families Conference
"Men Having Babies" - a annual Surrogacy Seminar and Exop in NY since 2005 - makes a debut in Europe on April 29, 2012 - Part of four-day LGBT families gathering near Barcelona, Spain.

The Network of European LGBT Family Associations (NELFA) will host the first "Men Having Babies - Europe" Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo on April 29, 2012. It will take place in Lloret de Mar, near Barcelona, Spain, as part of a 4-day conference and family gathering expected to attract hundreds of LGBT parents and parents-to-be. More than a dozen leading USA and European clinics and surrogacy agencies already signed up as sponsors and exhibitors, recognizing the growing interest in surrogacy in Europe.
The full day elaborate seminar and exhibit will offer a comprehensive "how-to" program for gay men who want to become parents. Among the speakers will be experts in the medical, psychological, legal and practical aspects of the surrogacy process, along with a surrogate mother and gay surrogacy parents. Prospective parents and LGBT family activists will also have opportunities to learn about service providers at the Gay Parenting Services Exhibit before and after the seminar. In addition, eight leading agencies and clinics from the United States and Europe will offer hour-long presentations on Sunday and Monday afternoon. Among the topics are ethical surrogacy practices, international surrogacy laws, know vs. anonymous egg donations, and speaking to surrogacy kids about their origin. While prospective parents are encouraged to join the hundreds of families attending the gathering for its full length, a one-day attendance including meals is offered for a small fee (€25).

We highly recommend you join us for the full 4 days!

If you are either prospective parents or already have children, European, Canadian or American: the Barcelona LGBT Families gathering can be a terrific opportunity to meet hundreds of parents and parents-to-be from more than a dozen countries! About 800 of us will take over this resort and enjoy a combination of social, educational and fun activities, including sightseeing excursions in Barcelona and elsewhere. Thanks to the generous support of government and private sponsors this all-inclusive program is also very affordable: a typical family of four will only spend about €300 including all meals and excursions.

The parenting seminar and expo is offered based on a similar program that has been running in NY for the last seven years. In recent years we have witnessed a growing interest in surrogacy among European gay men, and we were happy to assist our European friends to assemble a program that is in fact more comprehensive as the one we offer in NY. Around the continent there are dramatic social changes with advances in LGBT rights, visibility and social acceptance, and a growing desire to become parents. Leading and benefiting from these trends are the LGBT family associations around the continent, many of whom established in the last few years. The umbrella organization, NELFA, grew from 7 members in 2009 to 20 today. In the first European wide conference in Paris over 500 people participated, and the event enjoyed unprecedented attention from public figures and the media.

About the Network of European LGBT Families Organizations (NELFA)

The Network of European LGBT Families Associations (NELFA) was created in 2009 to bring together the associations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children from European nations under one organization. While strong organizations in places like the Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain have been around for a decade or more, and already represent tens of thousands families, many new "Rainbow Families" organizations have been created in recent years in countries such as the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal and Hungary. Since its formation NELFA grew from 7 members to 20 associations from 17 different countries.
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The objectives of the Second European LGBT Families Conference

The Second European Conference on LGBT Families will combine presentations, workshops, shared life experiences and leisure time. We are expecting between 700 and 800 people from different European countries and beyond. Our main objective is to empower social change, make our families visible, and have an impact on the media in our respective countries. We work together with other organizations and governments to address inequality suffered by LGBT families and their children and spread the achievements of LGBT rights across the continent.
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Conference gold sponsors:

  • CT Fertility - a Connecticut IVF, egg donation and surrogacy clinic.
  • IVF NJ - a New Jersey IVF and egg donation clinic.
  • Growing Generations - a California surrogacy and egg donation agency.
  • Center For Surrogate Parenting - a California surrogacy agency.
  • Circle Surrogacy - a Massachusetts surrogacy and egg donation agency.
  • International Assisted Reproduction Center - a Minnesota surrogacy and egg donation agency.
  • New England Fertility - a Connecticut IVF and egg donation clinic.
  • Forever Families Through Adoption - a NY adoption agency specializing in helping parents worldwide adopt American children.
  • Family Source Consultants
  • NW Surrogacy Center
  • Oregon Reproductive Medicine
  • The Surrogacy Source
  • Extraordinary Conceptions
  • Fertility Miracles
  • Cardone Reproductive Medicine