Unpacking LGBTQ+ Surrogacy Laws

Pride month marks an annual celebration of LGBTQ+ people fighting for acceptance and equality. Since the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ liberation movement in the 1970s, Pride celebrations (in the form of parades, protests, and parties) have been founded in cities all over the world. They often serve as a reminder of the Stonewall Riots that began on June 28, 1969, after police violently raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City. It wasn’t the first time lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people stood up to adversity — but it sparked a giant, decades-long movement for the advancement and acceptance of queer people into their respective communities.

LGBTQ+ activists have since fought against systemic imbalances that negatively impact gay, bi, lesbian, trans, and queer people in every area of law and culture – including battles for workplace protections, marriage equality, and even the right to purchase commercial goods and services from conservative businesses. One issue near and dear to our hearts: surrogacy equality.

Because surrogacy laws are vastly dependent on state law as opposed to federal legislation, and because surrogacy is a relatively new area of law, some states exclude or simply omit laws allowing gay couples and individuals explicitly to pursue gestational surrogacy there. Working with an LGBTQ-friendly surrogacy agency means that you’ll be prepared to navigate those complex state laws, and that you’ll be matched with a surrogate who shares the same beliefs you do.

If you’re a gay individual or couple, we want you to have a great starting point for researching where surrogacy is friendliest for you. To that end, you can check out our state law maps, which have been exhaustively researched to make sure you’re getting the info you need to begin your journey in a way that best supports you. But we also want to provide you with activist groups fighting for change to surrogacy laws in order to make sure that surrogacy is available to everyone, regardless of sexuality, gender, religion, or any other held identity.

To that end, we’ve compiled a list of LGBTQ+ surrogacy organizations actively working toward equality in our field. Check them out below, and get involved:


Men Having Babies

Family Equality


Love & Kindness unequivocally supports LGBTQIA2s+ rights, and we’re proud to offer our services to people with incredibly diverse identities (as we always have and always will.) Happy Pride month!

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