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LGBTQ+ 2nd Parent Adoptions – What You Need to Know

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Dr. Kelly about legal issues LGBTQ+ persons should be aware of in 2nd parent adoptions building their family.  

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Family law throughout the United States and Canada can vary from state to state.  LGBTQ+ persons desiring to build their family by whatever means can face challenges not necessarily faced by heterosexual families. Many states have recently updated their laws to address the past challenges while other states still remain behind the times. At the moment you choose to build your family, it is important to gain a full understanding of the Family Laws in your state and seek a licensed attorney to help you protect your legal connection rights as a parent or guardian of a child you care for and love and the rights of the child.    

Some issues to be informed about: 

If unmarried yet have a life partner, do your state laws allow can co-adopt simultaneously? 

Similarly, if unmarried and using an egg or sperm of the partner do your state laws allow both to be added to the birth certificate or not? If using an egg or sperm donor, what if any rights might the donor have or not? 

What is your desire? Legally recognized parents or guardians bare the financial responsibility of the child.  

Benefits of having the legal connection to the child: 

Ability to make healthcare, education, wellbeing, and other decisions on behalf of the child. 

Ability to pass assets to the child easily in the event of the death of a legally recognized parent or guardian. 

Custody and visitation – If currently married or in a relationship and you have formed a bond with the child, yet the adult relationship dissolves having the legal right to continue a relationship with the child. 

The ability to add the child to your health insurance plan.  

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Family Equality Calls For Unity This Parents’ Day

NEW YORK, July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ahead of Parents’ Day this Sunday July 25, Family Equality is calling on Americans to join its mission in advocating for every LGBTQ+ person to have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family.

With 63% of North American LGBTQ+ millennials considering becoming parents for the first time or having more children (Family Equality 2019 LGBTQ Family Building Survey), the preconceived notion of what a family looks like in America is continuing to evolve as the country moves forward—slowly but surely. Unfortunately, the LGBTQ+ path to parenthood is still full of undue complications and discrimination; for example, 11 states have laws allowing adoption and foster care agencies to turn away qualified LGBTQ+ parents.

Following the recent six-year anniversary of the Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court decision resulting in the right to marry nationwide, Family Equality members are calling on Americans to join them on their next mission of equality: helping the LGBTQ+ community navigate the journey to parenthood. The nonprofit is asking Americans to support legislation such as The Equality Act and the John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act—two critical pieces of LGBTQ+ legislation that would remove barriers to the LGBTQ+ community’s path to parenthood.

Developed alongside creative agencies TBWAChiatDay New York and Furlined, Family Equality has created Love, Lawyers & The Government, a warm and endearing short film intended to serve as a catalyst for this continued movement. Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon (Blades of Glory, The Switch, Office Christmas Party, Distant), the film uses a memorable and engaging approach to explain the obstacles LGBTQ+ people and couples go through to build a family. Will Speck is part of a same-sex couple and an adoptive family, himself, making this film and message particularly important.

Stacey Stevenson, Family Equality Chief Executive Officer, notes, “Throughout the adoption process, people in the LGBTQ+ community face state-endorsed legal obstacles, colossal financial burdens, and discrimination that the majority of straight parents do not. It takes time, money, and energy for members of this community to become parents. But, most of all, it takes courage.

It’s our hope that Love, Lawyers & The Government will shed further light on the inequities of the journey to parenthood in America. It’s a monumental struggle for these parents-to-be. But it’s a struggle many are simply not aware of,” continued Stevenson.

To join Family Equality in garnering support for nationwide protections for LGBTQ+ people and their families, please visit action.familyequality.org.

About Family Equality 

Family Equality advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Family Equality believes every LGBTQ+ person should have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of who they are or where they live. Learn more at familyequality.org.

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Stork Club Raises $30M to Respond to Unprecedented Employer Demand for Inclusive Benefits and to Hold Employees’ Hands as they Build Healthy Families

Boosts revenue by 5x in 12 months and lands several new strategic customers, including one of the largest law firms in the nation, Ropes & Gray, and the largest fertility network group, Inception, among others

First healthcare platform to partner with the major insurance providers to tell people—up front— how much they’ll pay-out-of pocket for maternity and fertility care

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Adoption–Today, Stork Club, the company on a mission to modernize healthcare and give people the freedom to build a family on their own terms, announced it raised $30M in Series A funding led by General Catalyst, with Hemant Taneja joining the board. Existing investors Bowery Capital, Slow Ventures and angels Jack Altman, founder of Lattice; Zach Sims, founder of Codecademy; Oleg Rogynskyy, founder of People.ai; and Kevin Mahaffey, founder of Lookout also joined the round. Stork Club is also announcing several new customers from a variety of industries, including Ropes & Gray, Crescent Capital, Corgan, Fors Marsh Group and Inception.

Stork Club is the first to extend traditional employee benefits to include historically overlooked, yet critical components of maternal health: diagnostics, egg and sperm freezing, IVF, surrogacy, adoption, pregnancy guidance and postpartum recovery support. By consolidating care into one concierge-like experience — from preconception through pregnancy or adoption to postpartum and newborn care — employees have better health outcomes while employers have drastically reduced healthcare costs. For a company with a few thousand employees, Stork Club can save up to $3 million per year.

“Modern families include working women, older couples and LGBTQ+ couples looking to have children. It’s no longer a heterosexual couple having children in their 20s, yet the traditional healthcare model does not support these types of families,” said Jeni Mayorskaya, founder and CEO of Stork Club. “It’s time our healthcare model caught up to the times and provides services to all types of people. By rethinking healthcare from the ground up, we have an opportunity to make it a win-win for both people and organizations, providing better care resulting in better outcomes for people, and saving businesses millions on healthcare related costs.”

Platform Empowers Companies to Support Modern Families While Lowering Costs

Stork Club’s funding comes at a time when businesses are rethinking how they will attract and retain new talent as the pandemic ends. Businesses are also evaluating how to build and grow businesses with diversity, equity and inclusion as top priorities. The current health crisis proves the healthcare system is failing women and people of color, despite a constant rise in the expense. The legacy model does not promote gender equity, LGBTQ+ families or include support beyond pregnancy care, and cost businesses millions. For a business, health insurance is the second largest expense for an organization, costing over $1 trillion per year and growing. Within insurance, maternity care is the largest expense, which costs companies $130 billion a year.

“Stork Club has proven themselves as a true partner and the only provider we came across that offered seamless integration with our existing medical plan, making it extremely easy for our Benefits team and plan members to use,” said Julie Blume, Director of Total Rewards at Ropes & Gray. “Our plan members like that it gives them quick transparency into the treatment and pharmacy costs while taking away the burden of managing insurance authorizations.”

Stork Club Delivers New Level of Support and Transparency

Stork Club designed a radically different way for people to build a family on their own terms by removing the ambiguity, hassle, expense and stress associated with fertility and maternity care. Employees can use Stork Club to immediately view medical providers in their network and what their options are. They can also see exactly what their out-of-pocket costs will be before making any decisions, removing all of the guesswork about what is and what is not covered. Additionally, the service gets rid of the long wait for insurance authorization; members know instantly what is and isn’t covered.

Stork Club is able to do this because, unlike other perks or apps, its platform directly integrates with large health plan administrators, such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna, promising a seamless experience for employers while simultaneously giving employees the transparency they need to make decisions about family building. Stork Club also developed its proprietary vetting process to identify high-performance doctors, clinics and labs — and established single-price care bundles, incentivizing people to use the best-performing care vs. optimizing for cost. Stork Club Members can request an appointment at a top clinic in the U.S. via a single click online, knowing their financial responsibility before even using their coverage.

Stork Club also uniquely provides members with a Care Navigator who can guide them through often complicated processes, as well as answer fertility, maternity care and insurance-related questions.

“The Stork Club team and Jeni have built a unique model that aims to rethink the family planning process end-to-end and make it more accessible and more affordable to a whole new group of people. We love how they have figured out how to create a transformative and comprehensive end-user experience with greater transparency — but also integrate seamlessly into the existing provider systems,” said Hemant Taneja, managing partner at General Catalyst. “We’re excited to be part of a company that’s helping to build the next generation of healthy families.”

How Stork Club Works

Employers add Stork Club to their health plan to fill out gaps in their fertility and maternity care to support their people at every stage of their family-building journey. Covered employees and their dependents access Stork Club web and mobile apps to get recommendations and care relevant to their current family goals: whether they plan to have a child later, now, are already expecting or returning back to work.

Stork Club partners with top medical providers across the U.S. directly and incentivizes them for better outcomes through direct contracting. Stork Club users have access to vetted certified telehealth experts on demand, as well as transparent payments integrated with their existing health plan.

While the pandemic year was challenging for many benefits-related solutions, Stork Club exited 2020 with 5x revenue growth, expanded their medical network to 250+ locations across the US, including such world industry leaders as CCRM, Boston IVF, Vios Fertility, CooperGenomics, as well as added a cohesive fertility pharmacy experience for its members — Stork Club Rx, which showed up to 75% in savings in Q1, 2021 in comparison with traditional PBMs.

Stork Club will use this funding to meet market demand and expand the line of family-related services to fill the gaps in modern maternity care to drive improvement in overall maternity-related clinical outcomes and member experience.

Learn more about the vision behind Stork Club.

About Stork Club

Stork Club modernizes healthcare for families and gives people the freedom to plan their future on their own terms. We extend traditional employee insurance benefits to give people, including LGTBQ families, all possible options to have a baby (including natural conception, IVF, adoption and surrogacy). Employers choose to add Stork Club to their benefits health plan to provide more inclusive support for their people while significantly reducing overall maternity costs ($130B per year in the US). Founded in 2018 and headquartered in San Francisco, Stork Club has raised $32.7M from investors including, General Catalyst, Bowery Capital, and Slow Ventures. To learn more visit: joinstorkclub.com.

About General Catalyst

General Catalyst is a venture capital firm that invests in powerful, positive change that endures — for our entrepreneurs, our investors, our people, and society. We support founders with a long-term view who challenge the status quo, partnering with them from seed to growth stage and beyond to build companies that withstand the test of time. With offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York City, and Boston, the firm has helped support the growth of businesses such as: Airbnb, Deliveroo, Guild, Gusto, Hubspot, Illumio, Lemonade, Livongo, Oscar, Snap, Stripe, and Warby Parker. For more: www.generalcatalyst.com.


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Marin Fertility Center Proudly Offers DuoIVF™: An Innovative Fertility Treatment for Lesbian Couples Building A Family

Reciprocal IVF Treatment Allows Two Women To Carry The Same Pregnancy, Actively Participate And Experience Shared Motherhood. Both Women Recognized As Child’s Mother On Birth Certificate.

GREENBRAE, Calif., June 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Marin Fertility Center announced today the official launch of DuoIVF™, the boutique center’s latest offering of highly advanced reproductive services. DuoIVF™ leverages INVOcell, an innovative, patented Intravaginal Culture (IVC) System (the only available IVC system cleared by the Food and Drug Administration).

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Marin Fertility’s Innovative Reciprocal IVF Method Allows Lesbian Couples To Experience Shared Motherhood

“For over a decade, one of MFC’s key missions has been the early adoption of new technology to better personalize the fertility journey,” says Peter Uzelac, MD, HCLD, founder and medical director of Marin Fertility Center. “We match the treatment with the patient, not the other way around. DuoIVF builds upon this mission by offering lesbian couples a unique, augmented experience as they truly share in the treatment process. For the first time ever, two women can concomitantly participate in the earliest stages of gestation.”

Reciprocal IVF Treatment Allows Two Lesbian Mothers To Carry The Same Pregnancy And Experience Shared Motherhood
In addition to DuoIVF™ representing a breakthrough in fertility treatment for lesbian couples, it also provides several social, emotional and psychological benefits to both partners. It allows both women to experience motherhood, and allows both women to feel ‘equally related’ and build a bond with the child, something that, while a common experience of heterosexual couples, hasn’t previously been possible for lesbian couples.

“We are extremely appreciative of the entire MFC team for the experience we had throughout our path to motherhood!” offered Emily and Mackenzie Brady, MFC reciprocal IVF patients, in a recent joint-testimonial. “Dr. Uzelac’s comprehensive knowledge enabled a flexible treatment plan curated towards our evolving needs up to the day of transfer. As members of the LGBTQ+ community, we are grateful for the unique opportunity that allowed us both to actively participate in starting our family.”

Understanding How Partner Assisted Reproduction Works For Same Sex Female Couples
The DuoIVF™ process involves one female partner going through the IVF process to produce eggs, which are then fertilized with a donor’s sperm, before the embryo is implanted into the womb of the other female partner who carries the child.Once the baby is born, one woman becomes the biological parent of the child while the other is the gestational parent. Both proud parents can be officially recognized as the mother on the child’s birth certificate.

We’re All In This Together
MFC is guided by the belief that every woman who wants to conceive, should have the opportunity. A member of SF Pride, MFC is committed to raising awareness within the Bay Area LGBTQ+ community (and beyond) about these leading edge fertility treatments specifically designed to improve all pathways to family building.

About Marin Fertility Center
Marin Fertility Center is Northern California’s premiere fertility program, offering personalized care using a number of novel treatment approaches, including DuoIVF™. Marin Fertility Center uses new technology to reimagine the patient experience, reducing the amount of medication and office visits required and resulting in less prohibitive costs. The clinic is led by Dr. Peter Uzelac, a Board-Certified expert in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  

For more information about the treatment of DuoIVF™ visit: www.marinfertility.com/duo-ivf or phone/text 415-925-9404, hello@marinfertility.com

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Instagram: @marinfertilitycenter 
Twitter: @marin_fertility 
Facebook: Marin Fertility Center (@DrPeterUzelac)

INVOCELL Intravaginal Culture System contains the INVOCELL Culture Device and INVOCELL Retention Device. The Culture Device is indicated for use in preparing, holding, and transferring human gametes or embryos during In Vitro Fertilization/Intravaginal Culture (IVF/IVC) and Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection Fertilization/Intravaginal Culture (ICSI/IVC). The Retention Device is used during the incubation period to aid in holding the Culture Device in the vagina. The Culture and Retention Devices are not indicated for periods of use exceeding 72 hours.


Important Safety Information:

  • Do not use the Culture or Retention devices if you are unable to tolerate having a device placed within your vagina.
  • Do not use the Culture Device if you are sensitive to medical grade silicone or polystyrene or if you have a severe case of vaginitis or a history of toxic shock syndrome. Tell your doctor if you have had any recent pelvic surgery.
  • Avoid any activity such as sexual intercourse, strenuous physical activity, swimming, bathing in a tub (a shower is permissible), use of a douche, sauna, or any other activity that may alter the temperature of the vaginal cavity and avoid handling or removing the Culture and Retention Devices while in place.
  • Your doctor should explain to you what to do if the Culture and Retention Device should shift in the vagina or fall out. Call your doctor right away should this occur.

Your doctor will determine if this product is right for you and will provide you with more detailed information about the risks and benefits associated with using this device. Always follow your doctor’s instructions. Contact your doctor immediately if you have any questions or concerns before, during, or after treatment.

Please see the INVOCELL Patient Information and Instructions for Use at www.INVOCELL.com.


  1. Instructions for Use: The INVOCELL Intravaginal Culture System
  2. Fertility Dynamics, an independent data analytics, research and strategic advisory firm based in Washington, DC

INVOCELL is a registered trademark of INVO Bioscience.

SOURCE Marin Fertility Center



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Michael Johnson-Ellis: Building LGBTQ Families

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Michael Johnson-Ellis gay dad and entrepreneur helping the LGBTQ community be informed on family building and family life.

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When Michael met his partner, his partner had a daughter from a previous marriage with a female. Michael had worked for some time in the fertility industry marketing to prospective parents. Early in their relationship they talked of having kids together and started their research to find information tailored to a gay couple. It became apparent that there was not much. They began documenting their journey creating a following on Instagram and Facebook with the handle of TwoDadsUK. While attending a family planning expo they saw a transgender couple who appeared shy to approach information booths due to the unwanted attention they received. Michael warmly invited the transgender couple over and shared all the information he could with them.

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After that event, Michael and his husband decided that there needs to be a family planning expo specifically for the LGBTQ community that is welcoming to everyone. The Modern Family Show was born. Through his past work contacts he began contacting businesses and speakers. The interest was strong leading to all booths and speaker spaces being booked in a short 4 months. Due to COVID, the event has been postponed and currently due to take place in September 2021. There is already interest to expand the event to the United States in 2022. The event and websites cover all family planning methods from fostering, adoption, surrogacy, and more.


To connect with Michael find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/twodadsuk/

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