Desire for Children and LGBTQI+: What Are the Options?
Lesbian couple wanting children
Two women living together have these options to have children:
- Biological motherhood by sperm donation
- Foster care
Homosexual couple wanting children
Two men living together have these options to have children:
- Biological fatherhood with the help of surrogacy
- Foster care
When same -sex couples want biological parenthood, they can contact a fertility centre.
Transgender person wanting children.
Transgender individuals can freeze their eggs or sperm before beginning hormonal therapy.
The words "woman" and "man" are increasingly ambiguous concepts and should be avoided where possible. For ease of communication on this platform, we use the terms "woman" and "man" when providing information about biological processes. In this context, the term "woman" refers to a person with "female" sex characteristics (e.g., vulva, uterus, ovaries, etc.), and the term "man" refers to a person with "male" sex characteristics (e.g., penis, testes), although we are aware that:
1) There are many intersex individuals or individuals with variations in sex characteristics;
2) There are many people for whom gender identity does not fully correspond to or align with sex characteristics.
When providing information about relational aspects, however, the term "woman" does not refer to biological characteristics, but rather to gender. This also includes trans women (individuals who were legally registered as male at birth based on sex characteristics but have a female gender identity) and intersex individuals (born with variations in sex characteristics) who identify as women. Similarly, the term "man" refers to gender in this context, including trans men and intersex individuals who identify as men.