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We Do It Our Way – a conference by the lesbian community for the lesbian community.

(You can download this programme in PDF format by clicking here.)

9am – REGISTRATION

10am – WELCOME: by Amanda Elwen, Chair of the Calder Valley Lesbian Parents Group

10.15am – OUR STORIES: Parents Sarah, Debbie and Marianna talk about their experiences

11.15am – BREAK

11.30am KEYNOTE:  Anonymous donors v known donors: managing your child’s relationship with their genetic fatherMarisa Allman, co author of the Handbook on Children and Same Sex Families

12.15pm BREAK OUT DISCUSSION SESSIONS

  • ‘If your mum’s gay, then you must be too…’ Bullying and outing issues – Amelia Lee and Jayne Mugglestone from Schools Out, LGBT Youth North West, Rainbow Families and Fruitbowl in Sheffield
  • Choosing adoption – Helen Lawson, parent/adoption panel member
  • Trying to conceive, or want to? – Louise Kelly, Stonewall

1pm – LUNCH BREAK: A chance to chat and browse our exhibition stalls

2.30pm – POETRY: Clare Shaw

2.45pm – KEYNOTE:  Uncharted territories: Becoming lesbian mums through donor conceptionDr Petra Nordqvist, University of Manchester

3.20pm – BREAK OUT DISCUSSION SESSIONS:

  • Main: Setting up groups and networking with other lesbian parents – led by Amanda Elwen and Jen Dodds
  • Drop in: Literature and describing families – led by Tamsin Walker, author of Not Ready Yet!

4pm – CONCLUSION/CLOSE: by Amanda Elwen

And…

  •  Creche available for children aged 1-5.
  • British Sign Language/English interpreters have been booked as some Deaf women will be attending.  Do let us know if you have any other access requirements.
  • A Family Fun Morning on Sunday 18th November.
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