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The Queer Family

LGBTQ+ - with or without children - this event’s for you

The Queer Family is not a new phenomenon. The LGBT community has been making babies and parenting for a long time. But the combination of legalised gay marriage and advances in reproductive science has led to an exponential growth in surrogacy, donation, co-parenting and adoption amongst same sex couples and singles. Tonight we celebrate the queer family in all its forms with an evening of creativity and conversation.​

  • Film-maker Emma Edwards (Inkydink Pictures) presents her award-winning short film Altruistic which follows the journey of the first gay male couple to become legal parents through surrogacy in the UK

  • Best-selling ‘Human Book’ Dimple Devadas will be telling the remarkable story of her rainbow family made through the gift of sperm donation

  • Theatre-maker Stella Duffy OBE and Playwright Shelley Silas have been together for 28 years and been married four times  – that’s how long it took the law to catch up. They have eighteen nieces and nephews, twenty nine great nieces and nephews and many godkids and guardkids. They’ve lost three parents, two sisters, one nephew and six embryos. They didn’t have the family they dreamed of and yet…they are family nonetheless.

  • Cabaret-artist Jamie Anderson ends the performances with an extract from his new show about becoming a father for the first time as a gay man.

Wednesday 24 April 2019

The Pit

7pm - 9pm

Tickets £10

Proudly produced in association with Two Daddies and Pride Angel

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With thanks to our principal clinic supporters:

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The evening’s performance will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the artists and fertility experts Carole Gilling Smith, Consultant Gynaecologist and Medical Director of Agora Clinic and Francesca Steyn, Head of Nursing at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH)  - both leading voices in the industry on assisted conception within the LGBT community.

Chaired by James Mackenzie Blackman, Chief Executive of Scotland’s Eden Court Theatre and gay dad of two through adoption.

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