LGBTQ+ Family-Building Resources

At ReproTech, we recognize that the path to parenthood is unique for everyone, especially within the LGBTQ+ community. ReproTech’s team is ready to support you with care and inclusivity. Whether you’re preserving fertility for future family planning or exploring your options, these *resources are here as a support to your journey.

*Resource disclaimer can be found at the bottom of this page

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM): Definition of Infertility: A Committee Opinion

‘Infertility’ is a disease, condition, or status characterized by any of the following:

  • The inability to achieve a successful pregnancy based on a patient’s medical, sexual, and reproductive history, age, physical findings, diagnostic testing, or any combination of those factors.
  • The need for medical intervention, including, but not limited to, the use of donor gametes or donor embryos in order to achieve a successful pregnancy either as an individual or with a partner.
  • In patients having regular, unprotected intercourse and without any known etiology for either partner suggestive of impaired reproductive ability, evaluation should be initiated at 12 months when the female partner is under 35 years of age and at 6 months when the female partner is 35 years of age or older.


Nothing in this definition shall be used to deny or delay treatment to any individual, regardless of relationship status or sexual orientation.”

Access a PDF of ASRM’s Committee Opinion

ASRM website

 

Family-Building Grants & Related Financial Resources

Gay Parents to Be: LGBTQ Financial Family Building Support

Aggregated list of grants & charities for family building using assisted reproductive technology or adoption.

RESOLVE: LGBTQ+ Family Building Options

Financial resources include: getting insurance, treatment grants/scholarships, fertility financing programs, etc.

Men Having Babies (MHB) Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP)

MHB’s Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria for Financial Assistance &

Verna’s Purse Financial Assistance Program

ReproTech’s generous financial assistance program that provides a discounted fee for the long-term cryostorage of reproductive tissues. Applicants must have a cancer or other fertility-threatening diagnosis and meet eligibility requirements to qualify.

Anna’s Gift

ReproTech’s Anna’s Gift Compassionate Assistance Program offers discounted storage fees for clients facing financial hardship. Contact ReproTech to learn about eligibility criteria.

Additional financial assistance resources for fertility preservation are available to those diagnosed with cancer or other illness requiring fertility-threatening treatments.

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LGBTQ+ Fertility Provider Directories

Family Equality’s LGTBQ+ Family Building Directory

Directory includes LGBTQ+ friendly/affirming family-building providers, including fertility clinics, cryobanks, midwives, doulas, surrogacy clinics, etc.

LGBTQ+ Healthcare Directory: GLMA– Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality partnered with the Tegan and Sara Foundation to create this directory.

Site users can define search by zip code and includes provider filtering options including trauma-informed care, racial equity, weight inclusive, sex positive, and more. Search may also be filtered to only show telehealth/virtual providers.

Men Having Babies: Provider Directory

Directory categories include surrogacy matching services, fertility services, egg donor services, legal services, and complementary services.

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LGBTQ+ Self-Advocacy in Healthcare & Advocating for Equitable Access to Fertility Care

Family Equality: Medical Provider Form

“This [downloadable, fillable] form can be shared with any provider you work within [your] community, from physicians and dentists to therapists and chiropractors, to assist them in making changes to their practice and office space that foster a culture of inclusivity.”

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Avenues to effectively advocate in your community and state to improve access to all family-building options.

Fight for Families gives actionable ways to fight to keep access to IVF legal in your state.

Become an Advocate is RESOLVE’s action space where you can take part in or learn about legislation happening in your state.

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Family Building: Trans/Non-Binary/Gender-Nonconforming Individuals

Family Equality

Trans Fertility Resources

Covers fertility topics specific to trans individuals. Includes: transmasculine and transfeminine fertility resources (provided by Fertility IQ), potential costs related to family building, a trans fertility FAQ, and articles addressing trans fertility.

Family Equality virtual peer support space exclusively for transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming parents/caregivers – trans parenting journey.

Personal Story from the LGBTQ+ Community: from RepoductiveFacts.org

Lis Regula – fertility story of a trans man and two-time surrogate.

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LGBTQ+ Virtual and In-Person Peer/Professional-Led Support groups for prospective/expectant & already parents

MHB Parent / Peer Advice Network

Resolve: Find a Support Group tool

Find both Peer-Led and Professionally-Led Support Groups  

Can’t find a preferred support group listed in your area? They have an option to start your own RESOLVE Peer-Led Support Group.

xHood

“A community for Black Queer people to build and nurture healthy families and parent happy children”

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LGBTQ+ Family-Building Education Resources

FertilityIQ

LGBTQ+ path to parenthood courses intended to help bring understanding and how to optimize the process of becoming a parent.

Podcasts

Progyny: This is Infertility Podcast

Gay Parents to Be Resource Center: LGBTQ+ fertility and family-building information and support

Men Having Babies Resource Page: Surrogacy+ Parenting resources for gay men

Online Articles: LGBTQ+Family Building

Includes 6 tips on ways to lower stress in LGTBQ+ family building.

Panel discussion about varying paths to parenthood including IVF, IUI, surrogacy, adoption, or egg & embryo freezing.

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LGBTQ+ Fertility Research: Studies & Surveys

Men Having Babies (MHB) Research Article Library

Academic studies & reviews from researchers worldwide centering on adding to the understanding of surrogacy and gay parenting.

Progyny: The State of LGBTQ+ Fertility and Family Building – findings on a survey of 1000 LGBTQ+ individuals

Family Equality’s LGBTQ Family Building Survey

This survey “provides new insight into how many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people are interested in becoming parents, and how they are planning to do so…the data reveals dramatic differences in expectations around family building between LGBTQ Millennials and older generations of LGBTQ people.”

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State Legislation and Infertility Insurance Laws

ASRM’s listing of State and Infertility Insurance Laws

RESOLVE

LGBTQ+ Legislation Initiatives: Family Building and Access to Care for the LGBTQ+ Community – currently track and advocate for LGBTQ+ legislation in three specific areas: Gestational Surrogacy, Adoption Policies & Bills, & Infertility Insurance Coverage

GLMA Equality Maps: Healthcare Laws and Policies

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Source Information

Resource Disclaimer

The resources provided on this page are informational only. ReproTech is not affiliated with any of the resources provided and does not provide any guarantee of the services and organizations listed, except those directly provided by ReproTech. The following organization resources are provided on this page, you can learn more about each org via the links provided below: