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Introduction/background

In 2011/12, workshops by LGBT Youth Scotland and the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Edinburgh revealed a lack of case-study-led information for LGBT people who wanted to become parents.

 

While Stonewall’s  excellent ‘Pregnant Pause’ and ‘Guide for Gay Dads’ filled the gap in terms of legalities and practicalities – and contains some very helpful quotes from LGBT people – aspiring parents wanted to know more. How did LGBT people become parents, what did they have to do, what was their story?

 

Working in partnership

 

LGBT Youth Scotland and the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing asked the Equality Network to work with writer/editor Heather Walker to collate accounts from LGBT people who were already parents and others who were trying to become parents.

 

Legal notes

 

Legal notes were kindly supplied by Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.

 

Interviews and survey responses

 

The stories and quotes in this book represent the results of 20 face-to-face interviews with individuals and couples and 49 responses to an online survey.

 

Most interviews took place in Edinburgh and the Lothians; two were held in Dundee, one in Fife and two in Lanarkshire. Of the 49 survey responses, 37 came from across Scotland (Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Forth Valley, Glasgow /Clyde, Grampian, Highland, Lanarkshire, Lothian, Tayside). A further 12 came from England, one from Canada and one from France.

 

Anonymity

 

Most stories and quotes have been anonymised, others not, as requested by those concerned.

 

All children have been anonymised.

 

Disclaimer

 

Please note that in some cases, time has passed since the events described took place and the law and/or medical practices and procedures may have changed since (sometimes because of those events and experiences).

 

Last but not least

 

Our thanks to everyone brave and generous enough to share their stories. Our apologies to those we couldn’t contact, purely because we ran out of resources.

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