Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-09-20
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Men Having Babies Midwest Surrogacy Conference & Gay Parenting Expo April 8-9
From a press release
2017-03-31

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Men Having Babies (MHB) is a non-profit organization, led by parents and surrogates, that been helping thousands of gay men worldwide become biological parents since 2012. It offers 6 annual conferences worldwide and provides financial assistance to prospective parents form more than a dozen countries.

Following the successful collaboration with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center in 2014 and 2015, the organization is returning to Chicago on the weekend of April 8-9, 2017. This time they will be offering an extended two-day format, packed with peer advice and opportunities to meet a wide range of leading providers at the Gay Parenting Expo, breakout sessions and in private consultations.

The April conference will bring together under one-roof community activists, experts, parents and surrogates and egg donors who will share their experiences. Prospective parents at all stages of their journey are encouraged to attend — from those who are just beginning to weigh their parenting options to those who are already in process.

In-depth programs will offer insights from the latest studies about contemporary gestational surrogacy, and specialty panels on budgeting, medical and psychological aspects of surrogacy. Special attention will be provided to the understanding how possible Trump administration policies may affect the parenting options gay men face, both financially and legally.

Proceeds from conference sponsorship benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP), which annually provides dozens of prospective parents with over a million dollars worth of cash grants, discounts and free services from more than fifty leading service providers.

Almost all of the 20 exhibitors of the Chicago conference are supporters of the Gay Parenting Assistance Program, including platinum sponsors San Diego Fertility Center and Golden Surrogacy, as well as Gold sponsors GenePeeks, WorldWide Surrogacy, Canadian Fertility Consulting, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, CT Fertility, Family Source Consultants, Simple Surrogacy, and CReATe Fertility Center.

"As a gay father who has built my own family through surrogacy, I am proud to be affiliated with Men Having Babies, which supports our mission that everyone deserves a family," said Frank Golden, founder of Chicago based Golden Surrogacy.

"We are very proud, and honored, to participate in the Chicago MHB conference," said Dr. Susanna Park of San Diego Fertility Center. These conferences provide an opportunity for intend parents to receive information about all aspects of their journey to fatherhood, and an opportunity for us to share information about our center. Our center's goal is to provide intended parents with the resources, and financial assistance, to embark on their journey to fatherhood."

The Chicago conference is receiving wide support from local and national LGBT establishments including the Center on Halsted, the Howard Brown Health Center, Windy City Times, Toronto's The 519 LGBT center, Family Equality Council, Gays With Kids, and Proud Parenting.

The event will take place on April 8, 5:30 p.m. — 8 p.m, and April 9, 9:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted (3656 North Halsted, Chicago). Go to menhavingbabies.org/chicago for registration and additional information.

Note: while the event is organized by a gay parenting organization, non-gay prospective parents are welcome and will no doubt highly benefit from it as well.

Press inquiries: Contact Ron Poole-Dayan, executive director of Men Having Babies ron@menhavingbabies.org / 646-461-6112. Interviews with parents, prospective parents, surrogates and experts can be arranged by request.

About Men Having Babies

With over 6500 future and current gay parents worldwide, the international nonprofit Men Having Babies (MHB) is dedicated to providing its members with educational and financial support. Each year over a thousand attendees benefit from unbiased guidance and access to a wide range of relevant service providers at its monthly workshops and conferences in NY, Chicago, Brussels, San Francisco and Tel Aviv. The organization's Gay Parenting Assistance Program(GPAP) annually provides dozens of couples with over a million dollars worth of cash grants, discounts and free services from over fifty leading service providers. Collaborating with an advisory board made of surrogates, MHB developed a framework for Ethical Surrogacy that has received endorsements from several LGBT parenting organizations worldwide. In addition, MHB offers extensive online resources, a directory with ratings and reviews of agencies and clinics, a Surrogacy Speakers Bureau, and a vibrant online community forum.

More information: www.menhavingbabies.org


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art raise funds for Mexico 2017-09-25 - The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and National Museum of Mexican Art have created a relief fund for individuals and interested parties to provide ...


Gay News

Pink Hat Run to benefit women's organizations Nov. 4 2017-09-23 - The first annual Pink Hat Run will take place in Chicago Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 in Chicago's South Loop. The 5K/1 ...


Gay News

Michael Johnson bypasses trial, is sentenced to 10 years for hiding HIV status 2017-09-22 - New York, NY, Sept. 21, 2017 — Today, in conclusion to a prosecution short on fairness and riddled with questions about racism and ...


Gay News

Dance for Life raises $233,000+ for dancers with critical health and life issues 2017-09-22 - Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, welcomed nearly 2,300 guests at the 26th ...


Gay News

Indie film raises awareness of dangers of sex trafficking 2017-09-20 - Ric Morgan never imagined he would become an actor. He had dabbled in acting in his middle school days, but, in his "previous ...


Gay News

South Side Help Center to mark 30 years, honor leaders, support hurricane recovery 2017-09-20 - Chicago, IL September 20, 2017 —South Side Help Center ( SSHC ), a not-for-profit, community-based organization, will be celebrating 30 years of serving ...


Gay News

Center Chief Program Officer addresses LGBT suicide risks in current climate 2017-09-20 - The United States recently recognized National Suicide Prevention Week, at which time experts noted that recent and continuing events—including those both directly and ...


Gay News

TPAN to celebrate '30 Years of Hope' 2017-09-20 - On Sept. 28, Test Positive Awareness Network, or TPAN, will celebrate 30 years of supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS. Merrill Kenna, the organization's ...


Gay News

Lake County raises cigarette buying age to 21 2017-09-20 - Lake County is set to become the first area in Illinois to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic ...


Gay News

Trans Disaster Relief Fund site launched 2017-09-18 - The TFA Trans Disaster Relief Fund website has been launched to aid trans, intersex and genderqueer community members affected by hurricanes Harvey and ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.