Proceeds from the conference sponsorship benefited the Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP). “Creating a Gay Parenting Assistance Program was our dream for many years, and we finally launched it at our conference last year,” said Brown. “Gay men who lack the financial resources to build a family via surrogacy can receive financial grants, and access to free or discounted services. In the past year we awarded $600,000 in cash grants and free services to gay couples and individuals who would otherwise never have been able to become parents. We also facilitated access to discounted IVF, surrogacy and legal services worth close to $1,000,000 to dozens more.
GPAP is made possible thanks to support from MHB's loyal partners, including this year’s Platinum Sponsor, Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, LLC. “I am happy and honored to support Men Having Babies, an organization that has been working tirelessly for years to bring the possibility of parenthood through surrogacy to the gay community as a more widespread and available path to parenthood,” said Victoria Ferrara, a surrogacy lawyer and the agency’s founder.
Over half of the more than thirty exhibitors of the New York conference are among the major supporters of the Gay Parenting Assistance Program, including platinum sponsor Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists, LLC, as well as Simple Surrogacy, Tammuz, CT Fertility, ORM, RMA of CT, IARC, NWSC, Fort Worth Fertility, Fertility Center of Las Vegas, IVF NJ, Fertility Source Companies, ART Parenting, Creative Family Connections, Family Inceptions, and Lotus Surrogacy.
Upcoming Men Having Babies conferences in 2015 include:
With almost 2000 couples and singles worldwide, Men Having Babies (MHB) is the only international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational and financial support to current and future gay parents via surrogacy. It offers seminars, exhibits, and workshops in NY, and co-hosts several other events around the world by partnering with LGBT family associations in Europe, North America and Israel. In 2014 the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) awarded $600,000 in cash grants and free services to gay couples and individuals who would otherwise never be able to become parents, and helped dozens more prospective parents to became eligible for generous discounts from over thirty surrogacy service providers. MHB also offers extensive online resources, a directory with rankings and reviews of surrogacy agencies and IVF clinics, a speakers bureau, and a vibrant online community forum. More information: http://www.menhavingbabies.org
The original rainbow flag, called the Freedom Flag, was devised by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut with 8 colored stripes, and today the most common variant consists of 6 stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the 8 colors.