#Parenting

Russell Tovey Is Planning To Become A Single Dad Through Surrogacy

Openly gay actor Russell Tovey shared that he plans to have a baby through surrogacy soon.

Back in June, we heard the unfortunate news that British actor Russell Tovey had broken up with his rugby playing fiancé Steve Brockman.

After fans noticed that the two hadn’t appeared in each other’s social media posts in a while, one fan straight out asked Tovey if they were still dating.

Tovey responded by saying, “No darling.”

But now it looks like Tovey is ready to move past dating and go to parenting.

While talking to Gay Times Magazine, Tovey shared that he plans to wait three more years. If he’s still single by then, he’ll start working on having a baby through surrogacy.

“I want someone to call me Daddy. I remember being at school, junior school, and already wanting to be a dad,” he told Gay Times magazine. “Now I’m 36, I’m giving myself three years. If I haven’t met someone that wants kids I’m going to do it by myself.”

This is a step the many gay men are taking nowadays, either in couples or by themselves, and we’re happy to hear that Tovey is confidently walking down that path.

We wish the best for Russell Tovey in his future and for the future baby of his. Whether that baby has one or two daddies doesn’t matter. Tovey will be a loving dad all the same.

Tom Daley's Been Secretly Filming A Documentary About Surrogacy And Fatherhood

This past June, Olympic diver Tom Daley and tv producer Dustin Lance Black became first-time fathers to a lovely baby boy named Robbie Ray.

The two fathers were gifted with Robbie Ray through surrogacy and now Daley shares that he’ll be exploring the world and law of surrogacy through a tv film for the BBC.

According to The Sun, Daley will travel between the UK, the US, and undisclosed countries where surrogacy is illegal.

Not only will Daley document the surrogacy process, but he will compare the systems in both the UK and the US.

In addition, the film will show Daley and his husband discussing the challenges they faced while on the journey to meeting their son.

Back when they announced that they were going to have a baby through surrogacy, Daley and Black faced an onslaught of homophobic abuse online. Many religious-inclined homophobes rejected the idea of two men raising a baby and doing so through surrogacy. This may play a part in the discussion held in this documentary.

According to the Independent, Tom McDonald, the head of commissioning, natural history, and specialist factual at the BBC, spoke about the program:

“Surrogacy is one of the most complex issues in modern society and the laws which govern it are radically different across the world."

“As new fathers through surrogacy, Tom and Lance are both committed to exploring all of the nuances around this very emotive subject. I’m thrilled that Tom is going to be our guide in this deeply personal and intelligent film.”

So far, the untitled documentary is set to air sometime next year.

h/t: The Sun, The Independent

Gay Couple Stabbed By Their Adopted Son in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles

This morning, a family fight in Sherman Oaks, CA ended with horrific violence.

Earlier today, 21-year-old Matthew Boulet stabbed adoptive fathers Ken Coll and Tom Boulet.

The fathers adopted the young man when he was a young boy. Both men are in critical condition after being transported to the hospital, reports ABC-7.

Neighbors who know the family were shaken: “Tom and Ken have been very significant on our block,” says neighbor Florence Riggs. “Whatever happened with Matthew going over the edge like that, it’s all going to be rectified in some way.”

Right now it’s unclear what led to the violence, Los Angeles Police Lieutenant Mike Kozak says authorities are investigating mental illness as a factor. He used a pocket knife to stab his fathers.

The young man was arrested at the scene without conflict.

h/t: ABC 7

New Study Says Parents Are Slacking On Having "The Talk" With Gay Teens

A new study says parents are slacking on having “the talk” with their gay children.

A research team led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, or more commonly known as Penn Nursing, conducted a study to look into sex discussions between parents and gay/bisexual/queer males.

The team tried to explore how parents talk to their sons who identify as gay, bisexual, or queer. They interviewed GBQ men between the ages of 15 and 20 in order to understand the boys’ perceptions on how sex talk with their parents happened, how they think the parents handled it, and how effective the talks were in the boys’ sex lives.

The study found that for this demographic, sex talk with parents rarely happens. If it does, its usually based on straight sex unless the boy came out at an early age. If the boy has, the talk is usually based on stereotypes and stigmas associating GBQ men with a higher risk of STDs.

Ironically, because of this lack of or poorly treated sex talk, GBQ ended up exhibiting riskier sex habits.

Ultimately, the study emphasizes the parent’s, and health care provider’s, responsibility and role in the upbringing of a youth’s sexual expression.

"The growing information on how sex communication occurs between parents and LGBTQ children can ultimately help families and health care providers address this population's health outcomes through inclusive sex communication," says the study's senior author Dalmacio Flores, PhD, ACRN, Postdoctoral Fellow in Penn Nursing's Department of Family and Community Health. "Supporting parents' capacity to address the needs of their LGBTQ children through inclusive sex communication has the potential to minimize risk behaviors before these youths leave the confines of the home."

The study is set to be published in a future issue of the Journal of Adolescent Research. That said, you can read the study online here before it comes out in physical copy.