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Intended Parents Win Custody in Surrogacy Dispute

Intended Parents Win Custody in Surrogacy Dispute

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge appeals panel in Britain issued a decision on November 17 affirming a ruling by Lucy Theis, a family court judge, that a gay male couple should have residential custody of a child born as a result of an unenforceable gestational surrogacy agreement they had entered into with a […]

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

Dem Bid to Recapture State Senate Falters    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when New York Democrats hoped that with Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket they might finally achieve a goal that has largely eluded them in the past half-century — control of the State Senate — that effort appears to have fallen short. With clear results in […]

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Reaction to the Empire State Pride Agenda’s stunning December 12 announcement that it was folding up its tent is comparable to the way people talk about the weather. Everybody complained about it, but the big question is what can be done about it. A number of people who have spoken to Gay […]

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the face of shock, chagrin, and some withering criticism both on social media and from past executive directors, top staff and board members at the Empire State Pride Agenda pushed back against the notion they had declared “Mission Accomplished” in their December 12 announcement that they were winding down major operations […]

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

Citing Win on Cuomo’s Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Citing its success in winning new state regulations protecting transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, the Empire State Pride Agenda has announced it will close down major operations in early 2016. In a press release issued on the evening of December 12, the organization indicated that it hoped to maintain a political […]

Best of Gay City: Parenting Service

BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | The final round of the Best of Gay City Readers’ Choice Contest is complete and the winners are in. SIMPLE SURROGACY A Dallas-based full surrogacy agency, Simple Surrogacy has in recent years developed a specialty practice working with gay and lesbian intended parents. Since surrogacy contracts are not […]

When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | New York finished a more than respectable sixth place in terms of states giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but for gay men who wish to be the biological father to their child, the primary route to doing so — relying on a surrogate mother to carry their […]

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Ruling on a previously-undecided question under New York parenting law, a Queens County Family Court judge has decided the state’s ban on surrogacy contracts poses no impediment to considering an adoption petition from the same-sex spouse of a man whose twins were conceived and borne through a gestational surrogacy contract with […]

Nevada Supreme Court Gallops Ahead of New York on Co-Parenting

Nevada Supreme Court Gallops Ahead of New York on Co-Parenting

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a unanimous October 3 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court settled several questions previously unaddressed in state law — finding, first, that a child can have two mothers and, second, that a co-parenting agreement made by two women before the birth of their child conceived through anonymous donor insemination, with one […]

The LGBT Community Meets the Mayoral Candidates

The LGBT Community Meets the Mayoral Candidates

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The five Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for mayor spent 90 minutes with hundreds of members of our community last week, and the results were encouraging for those hoping to move critical LGBT needs to the top of the city’s agenda in the next four years. The candidates uniformly showed a detailed […]