No matter what holiday(s) your family celebrates, the season can bring heightened emotions, financial or family-related stress, worries about making it magical for your kids, and the pressure to maintain old holiday traditions that may not fit your family anymore. Here are some easy ways to navigate this time of year with maximum joy!
The language of LGBTQ+ family planning can be dense and daunting. There are a lot of medical terms and acronyms, and if you don’t know all the jargon, it’s possible that you aren't even aware of all of your options for growing a family!
If you're in a same-sex relationship but have no known fertility issues, it may seem counterintuitive to seek the help of an infertility specialist. Let's talk about why working with a family-building expert can be so beneficial for LGBTQ+ couples looking to have a baby.
What are your dreams about Father’s Day? Is this holiday about spending time with your own father? Or is it about having children of your own? One Gay Parents To Be couple who are now happily expecting, share some of their thoughts about Father’s Day, as they await the birth of their first child.
What is it like to shift from hoping to be a mother to going through fertility treatment to finally, being a mother? And what is it like being one of two mothers in a family unit? This Mother’s Day, we want to recognize the experience of LGBTQ+ moms by sharing a story from one of our families. We are so thrilled to be able to share Kix's story. She is a former Illume Fertility patient who is now happily enjoying life with her three children and her wife. Below, Kix shares her personal journey toward celebrating Mother’s Day with her wife and children.
LGBTQIA+ family building is alive and well. Booming, in fact. According to an extensive LGBTQIA+ family building survey conducted by Family Equality, "63% of LGBTQ millennials are considering expanding their families, either by becoming parents for the first time, or by having more children."
Gratitude is not just an attitude, it’s a choice – a choice about where to focus our attention. It doesn’t mean ignoring the injustices and misery in the world, for gratitude isn’t emotional or mental amnesia. What gratitude offers is the time to shift our attention to what is surviving, thriving and staying healthy – something that feels especially important this year.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest and most powerful LGBTQIA+ organization in the U.S. Their membership of fifty two million spans all states, in fact, all zip codes. Their dedication, since 1980, has been consistent and forward-thinking, and they provide reliable resources for LGBTQ individuals, communities, and families alike.
As a lifelong good listener, it’s been my pleasure and honor to facilitate support groups for almost twenty years. In that time, I’ve seen miraculous connections, dynamics and outcomes. People who have nothing in common, except one single, special thread that ties them together, opening up like they’ve known each other forever. Sharing their stories, relieving other’s worries and concerns, even having a good laugh sometimes!
Our legal system has come to recognize and legally sanction same sex marriages and society is slowly catching up, albeit with significant growing pains, but medical insurance coverage has a long way to go when it comes to the LGBTQ community. Especially when it comes to infertility and fertility treatment.