IVF Australia announced today they are an Official Supporter of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014, and Presenting Partner of Women Say Something.
“The last year has seen a doubling in the number of same sex couples (now 36%) and an increase in single women (now 50%) accessing our donor program in order to create families. IVF Australia is hoping to raise awareness amongst gay men to consider this altruistic gesture.” said Dr Louise Fay, Fertility Specialist at IVF Australia.
Michael Rolik, CEO Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, said “each year, we see more LGBTQI families at Mardi Gras, especially at events like our annual Fair Day. It’s fantastic to see members of our community fulfilling their dream of becoming parents, with the support of IVF Australia.”
Steph Sands, Founder and artistic director of Women Say Something, said “Its great to partner with Australia’s no.1 IVF organization. Many LGBTQI women are interested in starting a family, and Women Say Something is proud to associate with a company that helps make this happen.”
Women Say Something, the lead women’s initiative of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, brings together diverse women through regular events. The next event is being held at Sydney Town Hall on February 28th.
The sponsorship builds on previous campaigns from IVF Australia and Pink Media Group to encourage gay men to donate sperm and lesbian women to create families through Australia’s leading IVF organization.
Ben Mulcahy, MD of Pink Media Group, “Its amazing to be measuring campaign success based on the number of lives created!”
*Figures based on IVF Australia data – Current number of women that are single or in a same sex relationship on the sperm donor waitlist as of January 2014.