Parenting & the LGTBQIA+ Community During COVID-19

In this podcast Rebecca Dahl, Sally Nicholes and Charlotte Wyles of Nicholes Family Lawyers speak with Rodney Chiang-Cruise about his surrogacy and IVF journey as a member of the LGTBQIA+ community and co-parenting his rainbow family in social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that during this podcast we discuss the Victorian government’s suspension of elective surgery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since recording the podcast, the Federal Government has indicated that certain elective surgeries (including IVF) will recommence as of 25 April 2020.

Presented by Nicholes Family Lawyers

Useful links

Gay Dads Australia

Switchboard: peer-driven support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, their families, allies and communities – 1800 184 527

Q Life: anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

Queerspace: an LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing support service established in 2009 by LGBTIQ+ communities for LGBTIQ+ communities. Queerspace has a focus on relationships and young people.

Minus 18: leads change, building social inclusion, and advocating for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them.

Thorne Harbour Health: support for sex, sexuality and gender diverse communities.

Rainbow Families Victoria: a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. RFV supports and promotes equality for ‘rainbow’ families.

Kids Helpline: a free, private and confidential telephone counselling service – 1800 55 1800

Parent line: a state-wide counselling and support service for all Victorian parents – 13 22 89 or 1300 272 736

Safe Steps: a domestic violence hotline service for women and children – 1800 015 188

WIRE Helpline: free support, referral, and information for all Victorian women (non-binary and gender diverse inclusive) – 1300 134 130

Relationship Space: an online program to help parents manage divorce

Relationships Australia

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