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By Dean Murphy

Dean Murphy analyses how relatedness is enacted within the context of homosexual males pursuing parenthood and a ‘child of one’s personal’ via either household and transnational surrogacy arrangements.Drawing on facts accrued from in-depth interviews with homosexual males dwelling in Australia and the USA, and information media, the ebook explores how homosexual males ‘enact’ parenthood and family members lifestyles in ways in which either problem and toughen dominant notions of kinship and masculinity. those males characterize a huge first iteration to entry assisted reproductive applied sciences for this objective and are a part of an expanding share of homosexual males changing into mom and dad outdoor a (previous) heterosexual dating. The findings show that males come to event parenthood wish principally due to the new narratives and possibilities being made to be had to them this present day.

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For gay and lesbian couples this option is not available in the same way as it is for heterosexual couples. However, the literature suggests that there is still a desire to seek out donors who resemble the non-biogenetic parent. This strategy not only makes the donor ‘disappear’ but can also obscure any explicit assumptions about which partner is biogenetically related to the child. The existing literature, however, has not explored in great detail either gay men’s choices in relation to egg donors or decisions about biogenetic paternity within male couples, both of which are addressed in this book.

One of the outcomes of the availability of gestational surrogacy has been an increase in gay men forming families that include biogenetically linked children outside of either co-parenting arrangements or families with children from previous heterosexual relationships. Curiously, however, neither Tuazon-McCheyne (2010) nor Bergman et al. (2010) reported in any detail on the specific aspects of surrogacy that make it different from other ways of pursuing parenthood for gay men. The emphasis of these studies was instead largely on changes in the lives of these men as a result of parenthood, such as impacts on the couple, and on relationships with other parents, families of origin and other gay men.

Gay men who expressed a desire to become parents were also less likely than heterosexual men to express an intention to do so (67 per cent versus 90 per cent). Younger age and non-white ethnicity were also independently associated with greater intention to parent. Overall, 30 per cent of gay male participants expressed both a desire and an intention to parent. These findings suggest that only a minority of gay men in the United States intend to become parents. Further, and perhaps of greater interest for research, a significant gap exists between desire and intention among gay men that is not evident among heterosexual men.

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