Monday, March 4, 2024

Gay Parents To Be hosts LGBTQ+ parenting webinar

In honor of Pride Month, Gay Parents to Be hosts a tell-all webinar featuring LGBTQ+ family stories and perspectives.

Experts in the LGBTQ+ family-building space will gather to explore the following:

  • How top family building experts built their own LGBTQ+ families
  • Advice for present & future parents 
  • Highs and lows of LGBTQ+ family building
  • Strategies to help allies and neighbors champion all families

WHO:  Dr. Mark Leondires, is the medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. He founded Gay Parents To Be as a personal and professional journey, after he learned firsthand how challenging it can be for LGBTQ+ parents to grow their families. He married his husband in 2011, and is now a father to two sons through IVF and surrogacy. He feels strongly that if one desires to have a family the hurdles are surmountable and the joys, boundless.

Dr. Mark Leondires

Jaimie Kelton & Robin Hopkins, If These Ovaries Could Talk: Jaimie and Robin met up each year at the Pride Family Picnic with their wives and kids in tow. That’s when then-pregnant Jaimie pitched Robin the idea to make a podcast about LGBTQ families. One baby and countless beautiful stories later, the popular and award-winning podcast If These Ovaries Could Talk was born. While shining a spotlight on all the different ways nontraditional families get made, Jaimie and Robin share their personal fertility journeys and their parenting adventures. Robin and Jaime are also the co-authors of the book If These Ovaries Could Talk: The Things We’ve Learned about Making an LGBTQ Family. If ever there were two people you’d want to hang out with, it’s Jaimie and Robin. You just can’t help but love them.

Jaimie Kelton & Robin Hopkins

Greg Zola, Gays with Kids: Greg’s early career in finance at Morgan Bank in New York City led to his real passion – advertising and marketing. His McCann Erickson (now just “McCann”) ad agency work included banking and beverage companies that rolled into marketing roles at Reebok. Southern California and a San Diego web analytics startup, WebSideStory, drew Greg into the world of big data. Through successful IPO and subsequent acquisitions, WebSideStory became part of what is now Adobe Analytics, used by many Fortune 500 companies. Greg is a renewable energy enthusiast, cosmos and climate science junkie, Elon Musk fan, travel bug and a thankful dad to his two boys conceived via surrogacy and egg donation.

Trystan Reese, Trans Fertility Co., Collaborate Consulting is an established thought leader, educator, and speaker, focusing on issues of racial and gender justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.The founder of Collaborate Consulting, Trystan provides customized training solutions for individuals, organizations, and communities interested in social justice. He has trained hundreds of medical providers on LGBTQ inclusion, delivered keynotes at dozens of conferences and events, and is releasing his first book,  How We Do Family, in the summer of 2021. He is married to his partner Biff and they live in Portland, Oregon with their three kids: Lucas, Hailey, and Leo. They are very happy. 

WHEN: Thursday June 24, 7pmEST                         

WHERE: Link to Register:

MORE:  The webinar is FREE with a Live Q&A session

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