LGBTQI

Thanks to Australia’s gay men, the number of sperm donors in the country is increasing, ABC reported. As per the statistical data from the Fertility Society of Australia, the country’s sperm donors are comprised mostly of men from the United States. Usually, lesbian couples are the number one market of sperms from gay donors. In fact, a gay man in the United Kingdom had fathered 10 babies of lesbian women he met on Facebook.

Donating sperm to strangers is like a gamble. In this case, there are no free bookie bets that will allow you to try the game before investing in it. For instance, a British gay man donated his sperm to a lesbian couple years ago. But when they got separated, the child was raised by one of them. Due to a law regarding sperm donation, the gay man was forced to give child support to the kid he fathered.

May it be because of the financial benefits or out of love, some gay men give away their sperm. However, gay men in the United States are now prohibited from donating their sperm. This is in lieu with the recent guidelines of the Food and Drug Agency that bars gay men from donating sperm. According to the said agency, gay men are at high risk of carrying the AIDS virus.

There are also uncertainties surrounding gay sperm donors. Will their biological child turn out gay? Will the children be okay that their biological father is gay?

Gay Genes and Homosexuality
Homosexuality is definitely a hot issue. Some people argue that environmental factors trigger homosexuality. There are also those who believe that our genes are at fault here. However, research shows that genetics influences our sexual orientation.

Soon-to-be parents need not to worry about their children hating them for choosing a gay sperm donor. In fact, a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that kids who have gay dads are as well-adjusted as kids of straight parents. Other data illustrate that 88 percent of the surveyed group observed that their children are not depressed about their situation. That being said, at least one-fifth of the children experienced slurs from other people because of their gay dads.

In the end, regardless of the gay sperm situation, how the children view the world and make out of their situation depends on their upbringing.

With young LGBTQI couples wanting to celebrate their new found legally married status in America by having children, the issue of funding comes up. Having kids costs money whether you are gay, straight or queer; and if we are going to change the world by producing beautiful tolerant human beings then we all need to chip in. Imagine, millions of loving children parented by loving LGBTQIs and all the colors of the rainbow being recognized by church and state. I am going to make a suggestion, which may seem ‘out there’ but, I think, is also a great idea.

Crowdfunding for LGBTQI parents who are in need of some financial support. We do not want to be bringing up LGBTQI kids in poverty, do we? We do not want any kids, whoever their parents are, being brought up in poverty. Well loved and nurtured children require materially sufficient households to grow up in. What about all those wealthy LGBTQIs, who do not wish to have their own children, getting involved through crowdfunding as some sort of ‘fairy god parents’. A relationship with a child can be an inspiring thing, helping him or her to achieve the things they want to achieve. Perhaps, as mentor or benevolent uncle or aunty; these people can share in the joy of bringing up children.

As in many indigenous communities, in the past and in the present, parenting was and is shared within the community. These kinds of things will make our LGBTQI communities stronger and more inclusive; with greater positive interaction between members based on shared responsibilities and love. Gay Sperm Bank (GSB) sees crowdfunding as a great financial structure to launch a ‘fairy god parent’ scheme into the broader LGBTQI community. Why should Crowdfunding always be about business funding? Why shouldn’t it embrace something even more important? Crowdfunding could replace the need for debt management; which confronts so many desperate parents.

Economically, advocacy of crowdfunding - with 45 million Americans below the poverty line, funding for impoverished LGBTQI couples is not so much a possibility as it should be an instant reality. Set up a crowdfunding website and establish your target budget, including a college education. Funding need not come in all at once, it could be an incremental things, as needed. You can post images online of family celebrations, sporting events and special achievements. The joy that this website could bring to the extended LGBTQI community through enriching relationships is mind boggling.