Cathy and her female long-term partner have long dreamt of becoming parents, but have struggled to find a gay couple to co-parent with.
The women want to find a gay man who is interested in their child’s life, but the opportunities for meeting and socialising with other prospective parents are rare.
For years, lesbians and gay men have been asking Dominic Gili from Rainbow Families where they can meet others to co-parent with but, with so few options available, Gili has had to suggest placing an advertisement in a local paper, or joining an online forum.
Gili, through Rainbow Families, has now organised a night for prospective rainbow parents at the Bank Hotel, Newtown, on Monday 26 November.
Gili said the night is intended to help those who have hopes of becoming parents and have not met someone to co-parent with. But it also will give people the opportunity to share stories and discuss child-related issues.
“Like-minded people can just come together and chat, and someone might make a contact who, down the track, they can co-parent with,” he said.
“It sounds too much like a dating game when you say it that way, but there is just no forum for that in Sydney at the moment.”
Gili said he had received a lot of interest from the men wishing to be dads, via the Gay Dads NSW group, and now hoped to spread the word among the lesbian community.
The Prospective Rainbow Parents night will start at 7pm. For more information email Dominic at [email protected] or call 0400 296 253 or 9573 0372.

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