Archive for August, 2007

SX News – "Rainbow Bridges" by Reg Domingo

August 22, 2007 Leave a comment

A new online group is helping connect GLBT parents and their kids, writes Reg Domingo.

Becoming a parent is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. But for many GLBT people, the road to parenthood can be a difficult one. Many face uncertainties when it comes to unearthing relevant advice; while for others, emotional support can be elusive.

Enter Rainbow Families NSW, a new online group designed to connect GLBT parents.
“The group was started in an effort to unite the two parenting groups that exist,” says group moderator Dom Gili. “There was no crossover between lesbian parent group, Rainbow Babies, and Gay Dads NSW. Individually, the role of either group is very important but from a lobbying and social point of view, I felt there was a gap that needed to be filled.”

ili, who is also the convenor of Gay Dads NSW and a proud father of two, says the group also helps link parents with health and community organisations. “I know organisations such as the Lobby are doing a lot of great work on our behalf but the gathering of support and stories from gay parents has always been a struggle,” he says. “I figured that by setting up this Yahoo online group and having plenty of gay parents, family, friends and supporters as members, then there is a direct line of access to relay info, to network and gather support for campaigns.”

rospective parents seeking advice will also benefit from the group. “I get so many requests from lesbians and gay men asking if I know where they might meet someone to co-parent with,” Gili says. “So for them this group will be a great forum to ask questions to those that have been through that experience and maybe even look for a co-parent to help them become parents.”

Furthermore, Rainbow Families NSW aims to reach GLBT parents in regional areas as well the children of gay parents. “It is important for our children to realise that they are not the only child in Sydney that has gay parents. I think it helps them greatly to recognise that they are not alone and have peers to share their experiences with and lean on for support as they get older.”

Gili adds that in the current media climate, which has recently put the spotlight on same-sex parenting, the arrival of Rainbow Families NSW is timely and crucial. “In the wake of all the positive media focus, including the release of the HREOC report and the Victorian Law Reform Report, the timing is perfect for all gay parents to get a little proactive in lobbying for equal rights. The online group will be a great forum for people to share what they are doing to make a difference.”

To join Rainbow Families NSW and Gay Dads NSW visit and .

Gay Dads NSW and Rainbow Families NSW will also be hosting an info night from 7pm on Monday, August 27 at Twenty10, 43 Bedford St, Newtown. Guest speakers include GLRL spokesperson Ghassan Khassisieh, Dr Kerry Robinson and Anthony Seamann. Places are limited. To book or for more info, email nsw@gaydadsaustralia.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact Dom Gili on 0400 296 253.

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Categories: Dom Gili, gay, Lesbian

Channel Nine – Sixty Minutes – "Dad’s Coming Out"

August 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Dad’s Coming Out – 60 Minutes story featuring Reymon and Anthony Van Brown.

[Link: Part 1 – YouTube]
[Link: Part 2 – YouTube]

The Australian – "PM to Fight States on Gay Adoptions" by AAP

August 2, 2007 Leave a comment

THE Federal Government has put itself on a new collision course with the States by proposing a ban on gay couples adopting overseas.

THE federal government has indicated it would legislate to stop same-sex Australian couples adopting a child from overseas, in a move that would over-ride state and territory laws.

The move comes days after the Prime Minister took on the States by announcing a community-based Federal Government takeover of the Mersey Hospital in Devonport.

It also comes hot on the heels of a political debate on federalism, with Prime Minister John Howard branding as archaic Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd’s plan to gives states more autonomy in using federal funds.

The move could herald a bitter and divided community debate, with views among some Australians likely to be polarised on what is a sensitive issue.

WA moved in 2002 to allow same-sex couples to adopt, the ACT passed similar legislation in 2004, and Tasmanian law allows gay couples to adopt where one of the partners is a parent of the child.

Mr Howard has previously said he does not support gay couples adopting children.

“I don’t support gay adoption, no,” Mr Howard said in response to the ACT’s law change.

“I’m against gay adoption, just as I’m against gay marriage. ”

The government says it will introduce a bill into parliament in the spring session, which begins next week, that will mean overseas adoptions by same-sex couples will not be recognised in Australia.

If it becomes law, the child would not be granted a visa to enter Australia.

The Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill is listed on the Prime Minister and Cabinet department’s website as legislation “proposed for introduction in the 2007 spring sittings”.

It will “amend the Family Law Act 1975 to indicate that adoptions by same sex couples of children from overseas under either bilateral or multilateral arrangements will not be recognised in Australia”.

Overseas adoptions currently can occur between Australia and other countries that have ratified the Hague convention, or with which Australia has a bilateral agreement.

The move follows the landmark adoption of a boy by two gay men in Western Australia in June.

Under current laws, state and territory welfare authorities have responsibility for overseeing international adoptions, including negotiating agreements with other countries and assessing and approving prospective adoptive parents.

The adoption by two men of a stranger’s child is believed to be a first for Australia, and was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the WA government and gay rights groups.

“I think there are certain benchmark institutions and arrangements in our society that you don’t muck around with.

“Children ideally should be brought up by a mother and a father who are married. That’s the ideal.”
It is not known if the opposition will support the legislation.

Labor sided with the government in June to vote down a motion in the Senate that called for singles and same-sex couples to be given equal adoption rights and access to IVF.

The motion, put by Australian Greens senator Kerry Nettle, cited a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission which found that having single, lesbian or gay parents did not pose a risk to children’s wellbeing.

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Categories: Adoption, gay, Lesbian