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Gay men as parents and caregivers

Date Released: Mon, 9 May 2016 14:56 +0200

Changes in laws and developments in reproductive technologies make it possible to become a parent as an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) person in many countries, including South Africa. Many gay men are

Many gay men are now openly able to make choices about whether or not to have children and, if they do wish to have children, which pathways are available to them (e.g. adoption, foster care etc.). As a result, gay men’s families are becoming more common, along with other diverse family forms. However, even though the law supports their family and reproductive rights, the reproductive choices and parenting of gay men are still not well supported. This poor support stems from a lack of knowledge, as well as many social and institutional barriers, which are discussed in this resource.

The purpose of this booklet is to address the lack of support and information, including some of the misconceptions related to gay men and family formation. This booklet was written for service
providers to support them in delivering sensitive and professional services to gay men, as it relates to their reproductive needs and intentions.

You can access it from the CSSR website here:

Source:Tracey Morison and Ingrid Lynch