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“It’s a common goal for many couples – to settle down, get married, and one day have children.
So what happens when things don’t go as planned? That’s the story of one Kamloops couple, Shelby and Tyler Kennedy, who found out that having a baby would not be easy.”
Read the full article here
Who is this group for?
The Genesis LGBTQ Support Group is for anyone in the Vancouver BC area who identifies as LGBTQ and actively trying to conceive through the use of assisted reproduction (donor sperm, donor egg, surrogacy,in vitro fertilization. It is also for LGBTQ individuals who are experiencing difficulty trying to conceive.
- Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, 2-spirit, questioning
- Men, women, intersex
- Singles, couples (with or without your partner attending)
What should I expect?
The Genesis LBGTQ Support Group provides a safe space to share information and to gain support. This group is professionally led by a counsellor and nurse who will present information and resources on a specific topic related to LGBTQ family-building. Each meeting brings a new topic for discussion, followed by interactive discussion and sharing of tips, experiences, and stories with others.
What is the cost to attend?
There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required.
How do I register?
Pre-registration is required. To provide an optimal experience, we require a minimum of 4 attendees and have a limit of 12 attendees at each month’s meeting. We appreciate 24 hours’ notice to cancel your attendance.
To reserve a seat for the Genesis LGBT Support Group, please register on Eventbrite: Registration Links
Who are the facilitators?
The Genesis LGBT Support Group is co-facilitated by Holly Yager, Registered Clinical Counsellor at Well Woman Counselling and Melissa Keen and Dasha Johnson, Registered Nurses at Genesis Fertility Centre. Both Holly, Melissa and Dasha have extensive knowledge and experience working in the field of reproductive health and fertility.
On June 20, 2005, officially a decade ago, Canada enacted legislation that made same-sex marriage legal across the country. As a progressive nation that believes consenting adults have the right to love each other no matter their sexual orientation, and that their love deserves to be recognized in the eyes of the government, watching the U.S. officially declare same-sex marriage legal in all states last Friday, June 26, was a proud moment.
We’re not only proud of the brave people who fought to see this ruling come to be, but proud of our own country’s journey to improving LGBTQ rights.
Working in fertility medicine we at Genesis Fertility have seen numerous LGBTQ couples come to our clinic hoping to expand their family. These people are looking to take some of the love they have for each other and share it with another human being, the same reason why many heterosexual couples come to us.
We have also witnessed LGBTQ patients go on to become amazing, loving parents, just like our heterosexual patients.
Today there are a wide array of families in the world: man and woman with a child conceived naturally; man and women with a child conceived through IVF; or maybe man and man with a child conceived with an egg donor and surrogate; or simply a woman with a child conceived with a sperm donor.
At the end of the day, love is love, and the creation of family is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated.
Matthew Wiltshire is a highly educated and skilled reproductive scientist, with multi-clinic experience. After completing his B.Sc. in Medical Science & Applied Biotechnology, Matthew started his training in the field of IVF in 2005, in a modest 300 cycle clinic in Albury, Australia. Whilst there, Matthew completed his Masters in Reproductive Medicine (with Distinction) in 2007 from the University of New South Wales and was head-hunted to join a well-established 2000+ cycle clinic in Adelaide, South Australia. During his time with this clinic, Matthew progressed from Embryologist to Clinical Team Leader, then to Satellite Clinic Manager. By way of ability, knowledge and ambition Matthew was offered the role of Business Improvement Project Officer and Laboratory Manager for a 300 cycle clinic in Darwin, Australia. He accomplished all this in just over 2 years.
Matthew took a sabbatical from the world of IVF to try his hand as a professional fire fighter in the tropical climates of Darwin, Australia. After three years of envious dry season weather, tormenting wet seasons and amazing life experiences, Matthew and his wife decided to travel the world. They have been traveling through 15 different countries, most recently Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A and Canada, finally landing in Vancouver, with the perfect timing to be invited to join the highly skilled and talented team that is Genesis Fertility Centre, as the Laboratory Supervisor.