The LGBTQ Family Planning Courses are your opportunity to consider parenting through various pathways to parenthood, including adoption, pregnancy and birth, surrogacy, co-parenting, and foster parenting. All the courses are trans-inclusive.
The courses are learner-centred facilitated closed learning groups. As facilitators, our goal is to help you:
- Assess the questions, information, resources and community of support you already have.
- Determine your needs for more information, resources and connections.
- Find information you need.
- Introduce you to new resources.
- Clarify your needs and decisions.
- Identify next steps.
- Build connections and community through meeting guest speakers and other participants.
Topics are explored through presentations, panels, and small group discussions.
The Queer-Positive Pre-Natal Class offered by The 519 is intended for people who are already expecting a newborn. Please stay tuned for news about the future of this class.
Registration will start August 1, 2017 for fall courses (September – December) and December 1 2017 for winter/spring 2018 Courses (February – May).
Listings of current courses are on our What’s On Page.
Queer & Trans Family Planning
This weekend intensive is for people who are in or are considering various family structures, and whose identities are not often celebrated or supported in mainstream family narratives. These could include (but are not limited to) single, polamorous, co-parenting, two-spirit, gender queer, trans, trans-feminine, trans-masculine, bisexual, poly, pansexual, omni-sexual, asexual, aromantic, agender, dyke, butch, femme, boi, lesbian, gay, queer, our partners and more.
Course content varies depending on the interest of the group. The course typically includes issues related to fertility, pregnancy, adoption, the search for sperm and eggs, assisted human reproduction, single-parent/co-parent/multi-parent families, kinship models and struggles, parenting goals, family law, birth registration, and self-advocacy. These are explored through presentations, panels, and small group discussions.
If there is interest, some information on surrogacy is also presented.
Daddies & Papas 2B
A twelve week course for gay, bisexual, and queer men who are considering parenthood.
This course emphasizes adoption and surrogacy. It includes some information about co-parenting for gay, bi, and queer-identified men.
Mommies & Mamas 2B
Formerly known as “Dykes Planning Tykes.” This course will be offered in Winter 2018.
A twelve week or one weekend course for lesbian, gay, bi, and queer women who are considering parenthood. This content of this course emphasizes insemination with donor sperm and includes information about adoption and co-parenting.
Families who are only interested in co-parenting or adoption should consider Queer & Trans Family Planning.
Discover and register now on the What’s On page.
Registration begins August 1 for the upcoming fall session.
Registration begins December 1 for the upcoming winter and spring sessions.
LGBTQ family planning courses are developed in partnership with collaborators in the broader community.
The courses are programs of the LGBTQ Parenting Network at Sherbourne Health Centre.