PRIDE Month: Celebrate LGBTQ+ Family Building
In the early morning hours of a particularly hot night in June 1969, a police raid on an underground gay bar in New York City resulted in a riot and an uprising that would change LGBTQ+ history forever. At the moment the first brick was thrown at the Stonewall Inn in NYC, the gay liberation movement was born; like a wave crashing on the shore, LGBTQ+ equality couldn’t be stopped.
The Pride movement is a celebration of LGBTQ+ individuals and culture but also a remembrance of everything that we have fought so hard to achieve. It also serves as a reminder of the challenges we still face today. In the 50 years that have followed since the Stonewall uprising, the LGBTQ+ community has continued to fight against oppression, staking a claim for equal rights. A major part of this fight has been centered around the concept of LGBTQ+ families.
LGBTQ+ Families: Equality, Marriage, and Parenthood
The fight for family equality was first focused on same-sex marriage, which became legal across all 50 states in the U.S. on June 26, 2015, when the landmark civil rights case Obergefell v. Hodges led the Supreme Court to declare that marriage was a fundamental right that must be guaranteed to same-sex couples. Since then, LGBTQ+ couples and families have become increasingly accepted and visible in society, as have images of happy same-sex couples raising children.
Thanks to third-party reproductive methods such as gestational surrogacy and egg donation, LGBTQ+ couples and individuals now have the option to have biological children. Gestational surrogacy and egg donation, in particular, have helped many same-sex male couples create and grow their families in ways that were previously impossible.
This year for Pride, we want to honor and celebrate these beautiful families that have been made possible through third-party reproduction. We at West Coast Surrogacy have had the honor and privilege of helping many LGBTQ+ couples and individuals achieve their dreams of becoming parents. Every day, these families remind us that the most important factor that makes a family is love. They inspire us at West Coast Surrogacy to do what we love, which is to give people the opportunity to have a family.
For us, Pride isn’t a single month but something that we hold close to our hearts every day of the year. We look forward to continuing to serve the LGBTQ+ community and providing hope to all individuals and couples who decide to have a family. If you’d like to learn more about how you can start your journey toward parenthood via surrogacy, contact West Coast Surrogacy today.blog comments powered by Disqus