The acronym LGBTQI covers a diversity of human identities and experiences. In many cultures and countries, LGBTQI people experience social and political discrimination, particularly when it comes to reproduction and healthcare. In this context, the ongoing search for a genetic “cause” behind these multiple identities could open the door to new forms of genetic discrimination. But complex human behaviors and identities can’t be reduced to a series of nucleotides.
Assisted reproductive technologies have provided new paths to forming a family for some LGBTQI people; this is one way among many that LGBTQI families challenge discriminatory ideas about what counts as a family and the meaning of biological relatedness.