Sperm donor takes fight to stop lesbian couple moving daughter overseas

An Australian man who fathered a child with a lesbian couple has started a legal battle to stop the two women moving overseas with their daughter.

The sperm donor has appeared in the High Court of Australia today (16 April).

The man, referred to as Robert Masson in legal documents, argues he should be considered the legal father because he was involved in the child’s life.

State law v. Commonwealth laws

The case comes down to whether or not state law should apply instead of Commonwealth laws.

According to state law, a sperm donor is not a parent. Under Commonwealth law, however, Masson can be considered as a parent as he’s the biological father and is involved in the child’s life.

In 2006, Masson and Susan Parsons – her court pseudonym – agreed to have a child through artificial insemination.

Documents also proved the lesbian couple have parented a second child who is not related to Masson.

Masson, however, has acted as a parent to the baby girl and her younger sister, providing financial support and care. He also appears as the father on the older girl’s birth certificate.

The sperm donor wasn’t in a relationship with the mother

Things started going sour when Parsons and her wife wanted to move to New Zealand, obviously taking their two daughters with them.

The Guardian reports Masson stopped the lesbian couple through the family court as he was found to be a parent.

The judge’s decision was based on the fact Susan and Margaret could not prove they were in a de-facto relationship at the time of insemination.

Nonetheless, the two women appealed the decision. New South Wales state laws ruled Masson as purely a sperm donor as he and Parsons weren’t in a relationship at the time of conception.

The hearing continues.

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Author: Stefania Sarrubba

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NBA player publicly supports 11-year-old son at LGBTI pride

NBA star Dwyane Wade

Though he couldn’t be there in person, NBA player Dwyane Wade made sure his 11-year-old son Zion felt supported at the Miami Beach Pride parade on Sunday (7 April).

Wade, who plays for the Miami Heat, announced he’d be retiring after the 2018-19 season. It was his basketball career that kept him from joining in the Pride festivities, as he had a game in Toronto, but he posted his support on social media.

He first posted a photo on his Instagram stories of Zion and stepmom Gabrielle Union. Wayne captioned the post: ‘We support each other with Pride!’

Dwyane Wade Instagram story of son at Pride

Wade’s post of his son and wife at Miami Pride | Photo: Instagram @dwyanewade

Zion also attended with friends and his siblings, younger sister Kaavia and older brother Zaire, a 17-year-old basketball player who wants to follow in the footsteps of his father.

Wade posted another photo of Zion surrounded by his family and friends. He wrote on the photo: ‘Zion had his on [sic] cheering section today. Wish i was there to see you smile kid!’

Dwyane Wade posts a photo of his son at Pride

Zion with his friends and family | Photo: Instagram @dwyanewade

Many people praised Wade’s support of his son attending an LGBTI pride event.

The importance of parental support

Regardless of how Zion identifies, having the support of his parents, family, and friends in attending an event like Pride is crucial.

Numerous studies have shown that LGBTI youth are more at risk for mental health problems like suicide ideation and suicide attempts, as well as discrimination and bullying.

This is amplified more for LGBTI youth of color.

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 71% of all victims of anti-LGBTI homicides in 2017 were people of color. Of these victims of color, a majority (60%) were black.

Black LGBTI people, especially men, are also at higher risks for being affected by HIV. They further face disproportionate amounts of harassment and experiences with police brutality and misconduct.

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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Trans men maintain functioning ovaries after a year on testosterone

testosterone

Trans men appear to have functioning ovaries even taking testosterone injections for a year, a new study has found.

The findings could be important news for trans people who wish to conceive while undergoing gender affirmation treatment.

The findings come from medical investigators at the Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center in Israel.

‘Our research shows for the first time that after one year of testosterone treatment, ovary function is preserved to a degree that may allow reproduction,’ said Yona Greenman, lead investigator of the study.

‘This information is important for transgender men and their partners who desire to have their own children,’ Greenman said, according to Devdiscourse.

Within the normal range for fertility after testosterone treatment 

Researchers conducted a study of 52 transgender men between the ages of 17 and 40.

The trans men were monitored for 12 months after the began taking testosterone injections.

The doctors then accessed the complete results of 32 of the subjects.

Though the researchers found that the level of the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) diminished after 12 months, the hormone still remained within the normal range for fertility.

The level of AMH is used as an indicator of the so-called ovarian reserve and allows doctors to access the remaining egg supply.

While this is a small sample of the overall trans community, such studies on the effects testosterone injections have on reproductive abilities remain rare.

The researchers will present their findings at the Endocrine Society in New Orleans this weekend.

Author: Calum Stuart

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