Gill

I don't know how to talk about my feelings of discomfort and disagreement with same sex relationships. Even though I experienced the negative experience first hand, I am still nervous to speak. When I have, others have called me a bigot and said it was hateful....
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Ginger

I was born to a teenage mother. According to her siblings, and even my grandmother, my birth father loved my mother very much. I heard stories over the years of how much he loved and wanted to marry her. My mother never lied in my younger years about who my birth...
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Heather G

I grew up with divorced grandparents.  When my parents divorced I felt double the shame. I remember clearly the day my mum announced she was leaving us. It was the day before her birthday and my little sister's 6th birthday was two days later. Dad said "Your Mum has a...
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Kathleen LaBounty

As an adult offspring of an anonymous sperm donor, I am telling pieces of my life story to provide the perspective of an offspring, to advocate for the needs of future offspring, and to expose relatively ignored complexities resulting from donor conception. My journey...

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Jessica Kern

My name is Jessica Kern. I am a product of a traditional surrogacy. This is where a surrogate is hired to both donate her egg and carry the child to term... As a product of surrogacy I can tell you firsthand what we children of donor conception go through.  Children...

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Brian C

My name is Brian and I am the son of a traditional surrogate, a biological father, and an adoptive mother. I think all of you here need to know how I feel about surrogacy.  I have read a certain popular surrogacy board since I was 16 and I am almost 18 now. I was...

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Becky

My parents separated when I was very young — still a baby — and I was brought up by my mother with very little financial or emotional input from my father, though I did see him regularly throughout my childhood. Nevertheless, by the time I was 18 I had pretty much...

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Alana Newman

I remember the first time I struggled to understand the ethics of a case involving reproductive technologies. I was five years old, folding clothes in my bedroom with my mom. She told me that my dad was not my biological father. My biological father was an anonymous...

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Nate

My first memory is of Halloween when I was a year and a half old.  My mom put me down in front of the fireplace and turned to make some food in the kitchen.  Then my dad came over and put an orange smiley-face lollipop in my hand.  I didn’t know what I was looking at...

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Allison

My father left my mom with four kids and never came back. We had not seen him for approximately 4 years when he died suddenly.   My mom remarried a couple of years after my bio dad left. The man she married is still my step father to this day, forty years later. He...

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Jennifer Johnson

I have a lot of experience with divorce, far too much to ask of any one person in my opinion. My parents divorced when I was three and went on to subsequent marriages, divorces, different children, a lot of back and forth between “two homes,” and a lot of chaos. By...

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James Lopez

I grew up in a household living with not only my mother and father, but also my half-brother and his mother. My father had two kids: one with my mom (me) and one with another woman (my half-brother, who was three months older than I). When my mother was not there, I...

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Denise Shick

My biggest concern at age nine was how to keep my daddy’s secret, the one he revealed to me as we sat alone on a hill near our home. In a sense, I lost my dad that day, when he told me he wanted to become a woman. As I tried to process that revelation, he blindsided...

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