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Men Having Babies & GagaTai present:
Parenting Options for Asian Gay Men


Taipei, October 2-3, 2020


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Friday, October 2, 2020


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Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 AM (8th Floor)
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Planning your parenting journey: 8:30 - 9:30 AM (Great Room)
This is the first part of our comprehensive surrogacy workshop that was developed based on the accumulated knowledge of hundreds of gay men who have already gone through the process.
Topics covered will include:
Basic terminology, types and components of typical surrogacy arrangements.
Typical sequence and timeline for gestational surrogacy journeys.
The legal status of surrogacy for Taiwanese citizens.
Legal considerations in the USA and Canada.
Major decisions that shape the surrogacy journey.
Considering your family vision, financial constraints, risk tolerance and ethical preferences.
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Expert Panel: Legal Issues 9:30 - 10:00 AM (Great Room)
Legal status of surrogacy in Taiwan, the USA ,and Canada. Addresses legal issues during the surrogacy journey, such as contracts, securing parentage rights, and returning home with the baby.

Panelists
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- Brian Klein
/ Falletta & Klein
- Ellen Trachman,
/ Trachman Law Center
- Franco Ho
/ Lin & Partners
- George Lin
/ Lin & Partners
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Expert Panel: Budgeting and Insurance 10:00 - 10:45 AM (Great Room)
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A closer look at medical insurance and surrogate compensation packages. The panel is sponsored by ART Risk.

Moderator: Lisa Schuster / GPAP Program Manager

Panelists
:
- Jeff Hu
/ SurrogateFirst
- Connie Yeh
/ Extraordinary Conceptions
- Brad Spencer
/ Same Love Surrogacy
- Virginia Hart
/ ART Risk
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Q&A Session- 10:45 - 11:00 AM (Great Room)
The Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)
Panelists:
- Ron Poole-Dayan
/ MHB - Executive Director
- Lisa Schuster
/ MHB - GPAP Program Manager

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Coffee break: 11:00 - 11:15 AM (8th Floor)
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Expert Panel: Medical Aspects of Surrogacy 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM (Great Room)
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The medical screening of future fathers, egg donors and surrogates, the creation of optimal embryos, and the IVF process. The panel is sponsored by Pacific Fertility Center - Los Angeles.

Moderator: Dr. Guy Ringler / California Fertility Partners

Panelists:
- Dr. Nurit Winkler
/ Los Angeles Reproductive Center
- Dr. Angie Beltsos
/ VIOS Fertility Institute
- Dr. John Norian
/ HRC Fertility Rancho
- Dr. Sandy Chuan
/ San Diego Fertility Center
- Dr. Vicken Sahakian
/ Pacific Fertility Center – Los Angeles
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Lunch: 12:45 -1:30 PM (8th Floor)
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Lunch is sponsored by San Diego Fertility Center.
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Picking providers, budgeting and financial assistance: 1:30 - 2:00 PM (Great Room)
On the second part of our workshop we will provide peer advice on selecting service providers, cost saving tips, and resources for financial support. Topics covered will include:
  • Where to start (agency, clinic, surrogate or donor)
  • Selecting an agency and clinic
  • Estimated costs, and factors that affect costs
  • Cost saving best practices.
  • Financial help through the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP).
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Personal stories panel: 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Great Room)
To help you further understand what surrogacy entails from the personal standpoint, you will have an opportunity to hear personal testimonies from a diverse group of of gay surrogacy dads, the surrogates who helped them, and an egg donor.:
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Sponsored by HRC Fertility
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Coffee break: 3:00 - 3:30 PM (8th Floor)
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Sponsored by Center for Surrogate Parenting.

Optional Free Social Activities



Advocacy & Research Forum: 3:30 - 6:00 PM (Great Room)

LGBT Parenting in Taiwan: Facing social stigma and discrimination

In May 2019 Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Yet, is the general public ready for LBGT individuals and couples to have children? What challenges will gay families encounter in their daily lives? Having succeeded in their struggle to have a child, how will LGBT parents face the stigma and discrimination of being a "gay family" in Taiwanese society?

Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy ("TLFRA") is honored to invite the following speakers to share their thoughts and suggestions about becoming parents with MHB participants. The speakers will discuss the current situation of gay parenting in Taiwan, possible challenges faced by LGBT parents, and corresponding strategies to respond to such challenges.

Speakers:
- Daddy Luke, Taiwanese gay father
- Dr. Yu-Ying Hu, Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Kaohsiung Medical University
- Ms. Georgia Kuo, Loving Parents of LGBT Taiwan Association, Director
- Ms. Hsuan-Ping (Reese) Li, Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy, Secretary General



Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy (TLFRA)
Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy (TLFRA, 台灣同志家庭權益促進會), established in 2005 first as a lesbian moms group, has been standing firmly with LGBTQ+ families through the entire marriage equality campaign in Taiwan. As a community organization we connect and support LGBTQ+ parents, their children and future parents as dictated by the children's best interests. Our mission after marriage equality is to advocate for LGBTQ+ parents' enjoyment of full equality of family rights, which include the legalization of assisted reproduction and adoption for LGBTQ+ couples and LGBTQ+ education in schools. Our goal is not only creating a safe space for our rainbow families but also a better world for everyone!



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Post Conference Happy Hour: 6:00 PM

Join us at the Great Room (8th Floor) to close the evening with a social gathering. This casual time will be a great opportunity to discuss the information from the day’s sessions as well as network with other parents, intended parents and professionals. Sponsored by HRC Fertility.
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    Refreshments will be served.
  • Registered attendees receive a coupon for one free drink.


Saturday, October 3, 2020


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Registration / Light breakfast: 8:00 - 8:45 AM (8th Floor)
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Gay Parenting Resource Fair: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM (Great Room)
Explore displays of materials and offerings from the 25 participating fertility clinics, surrogacy agencies, law firms and other professionals from the USA, Europe and Japan.
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Welcome and orientation: 8:45 - 9:00 AM (8th Floor)
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Breakout sessions - come meet the sponsors: 9:00 - 11:00 AM (Various rooms on the 9th floor - see table)
Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in up to 7 introductory group consultations with the various providers. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know these agencies and clinics more closely. Most sessions will be 18 minutes long (plus 2-3 minutes switch time), and a few are only 8 minutes each. They take place simultaneously in 4 meeting rooms. The Gay Parenting Resource Fair will also continue to be available during this period.


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Studio 4

9:00 - 9:18 AM

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9:20 - 9:38 AM

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9:40 - 9:58 AM

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10:00 - 10:18 AM

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10:20 - 10:38 AM

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10:40 - 10:48 AM

10:50 - 10:58 AM

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Lunch: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Sponsored by Pacific Fertility Center - Los Angeles.
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Drop-in interactive video consultations with exhibitors: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (various rooms, please check with participating providers for more details)
Several clinics and agencies will be available in rooms with video conferencing setup for real-time conversations with prospective parents. No need to arrange meetings before, the doors will be open and attendees can just walk into any of the rooms to speak to the surrogacy professionals from the USA in the same way they would have done so in the resource fair.

11th Floor


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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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12:30 - 1:30 PM

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9th Floor


Studio 1


Studio 2


Studio 3


Studio 4

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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12:30 - 1:30 PM

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8th Floor


Great Room 1


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Great Room 3

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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12:00 - 12:30 PM

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12:30 - 1:00 PM

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1:00 - 1:30 PM

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