Biology Matters- Take it from donor conceived kids with loving straight parents.

If you believe that “all kids need is love” then these donor-conceived children should be perfectly happy. But they’re not. Turns out that even if kids have one or two loving parents, many donor-conceived kids struggle with the reality that they will never know half...
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Marie

In college I would proudly declare how I had a gay father who "came out" when I was a toddler (my parents divorced when I was 2). I would explain how I was a normal, straight, educated young woman who lived part time with my father throughout my life, and that his...
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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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Maria

My parents divorced when I was eight.  At the time I had no idea that their marriage was struggling, though looking back there were signs.  In fact, the night they "told me" they took me out to eat and upon leaving the restaurant I put my arms around each of them and...

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John King

I was ten years old when my Mom told me she was a Lesbian. It’s amazing the things you take for granted, until one day, everything changes. Who knew, things like family dinners I thought were such a hassle would be so deeply missed. I suppose its human nature to take...

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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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