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New genetic and reproductive technologies affect LGBTQI communities in exceptional ways.

Some of these are beneficial. For example, advances in assisted reproductive technologies enable a growing number of gay men and lesbians to become parents of biologically related children.

However, some advocates of reproductive cloning assert that gays and lesbians in particular should support it, because it would allow same-sex couples to have children that are genetically related only to a member of the couple, free of "external" DNA. Of course, such techniques do nothing to address the underlying issues of inequality and homophobia that plague society.

Genetic theories play as strong a role in shaping our social and individual identities as they do in shaping our families. Recent years have seen a resurgence of assumptions that complex human behaviors, including sexual orientation, are simply products of our genes. Though scientists have yet to find a genetic marker for homosexuality, many continue to try. Such genetic determinism and reductionism open the door to new forms of discrimination.



A Sperm Donor, Uncertain of What It Is to Be ‘Bio-Dad’by David DodgeThe New York TimesMarch 31st, 2014My good friends needed some free, fresh sperm. Beyond that sounding like some twisted promotion at a farmer’s market, why not help? Plenty of reasons, it turns out.
INTERVIEW: “I’m a Queer Egg Donor”by Raquel CoolWe Are Egg DonorsMarch 28th, 2014This interview is about stigma, being queer, and navigating the heteronormative medical landscape of egg donation.
NHS Fertility Treatments Allow Two-Mum Families to Reach Record Levels by Emily DuganThe IndependentMarch 27th, 2014Record numbers of lesbian couples are becoming parents through fertility treatment, official figures show. The number of two-mum families jumped by more than a third in 2012 in the UK.
Bodies and Babies Commodified: A Review of Breedersby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorBiopolitical TimesFebruary 17th, 2014Breeders serves as a necessary corrective to the rosy PR the surrogacy industry puts out.
Court: Marotta is a father, not merely a sperm donorby Steve FryTopeka Capital-JournalJanuary 23rd, 2014A Kansas court has ordered a sperm donor to pay child support because a doctor was not involved in the insemination process.
No More Tourist Visa for Commissioning Surrogacy in India: Home MinistryIBN LiveOctober 30th, 2013Foreign nationals intending to visit India for commissioning surrogacy will not be allowed to come on a tourist visa, with the Home Ministry ordering strict adherence of surrogacy laws.
ASRM Meeting: What to Knowby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesOctober 24th, 2013The annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the fertility industry organization, typically generates headlines. Here are some of this year’s top stories.
Savulescu Warns that “Love-Diminishing” Drugs could be Used for Gay “Conversion Therapy”by Xavier SymonsBioEdgeOctober 12th, 2013A controversial new paper examines the ethics of using drugs to “normalize” people with atypical sexual desires.
Canadian LGBTQ Families and Assisted Reproduction by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 9th, 2013A major series of news articles describes "the emerging world of gay parenthood and surrogacy" in Canada — and abroad.
Sun, sand and surrogatesby Natalie StechysonCalgary HeraldSeptember 30th, 2013International surrogacy is fraught with ethical and medical dilemmas, including the possibility that the women who bear children for others are being exploited.
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