The Modern Family Show has teamed up with some of the UK’s leading Social Media Parenting Inﬂuencers (our advocates) to act as the voice for their chosen family group and wider parenting community, to ensure they are represented and help promote the event on Facebook, Instagram and in their blogs to a targeted LGBTQ audience, something never attempted before. Our advocates are all parents or parents to be, and whether that’s as a result of Fostering, Adoption, Trans-Parents, Co-parenting, Surrogacy or sperm/egg donation, we have one of the most authentic marketing campaigns ever attempted for a UK event.
Stu Oakley is an adoptive father of three, the co-host of Some Families, an LGBTQ+ parenting podcast and parenting columnist for Attitude. Stu and his husband John adopted their first two children in June 2018 and are currently in the process of adopting a younger sibling who moved home just before Christmas. Some Families, which was the first queer parenting podcast of its kind in the UK, launched earlier this year and Stu co-hosts with lesbian mum Lotte Jeffs. Topics to date including adoption, surrogacy, IUI and IVF, transitioning gender as a parent, growing up with LGBTQ+ parents, racial donor restrictions, co-parenting, fostering, raising disabled children and general day to day parenting highs and lows – all through a queer parenting lens. In his “day job” Stu is a film publicist and has directed campaigns for some of the biggest film franchises in history including Star Wars, Avengers, Harry Potter and Frozen.
Our sole purpose is to ‘’Educate, Share & Celebrate’ LGBT+ women on their paths to motherhood, share their journeys & connect families worldwide.
We do this by acting as a central point of support & a safe haven providing information, advice & support on starting a family, “TTC, Pregnancy & New Mama” Support Groups, share & celebrate families milestones, fertility journeys, births,& other celebrations alongside general parenting advice, “Discussion hour” chats & video features of professionals, brands & authors that support the LGBT+ female community. We also hold an annual “Meet” event for those looking for advice & families of over 120+ attendees each year.
We are passionate about making change for LGBT + female families & are currently working with the Government, NHS & other governing bodies to ensure equality & bring policy change to support LGBT+ women & their families across health services & legislative policies in the UK.
We work tirelessly to inspire LGBT+ women to create the families of their dreams, by providing not only support but visibility in the public eye for a community whereby they & their children can make lifelong friends with families just like theirs.
Michael and Paul Atwal-Brice Fathers to two sets of identical twins Levi and Lucas, Lotan and Lanson through adoption first Adopting back in 2008 followed by an EPP Early Permanence Adoption in 2017 with Lotan
and Lanson joining the family straight from hospital at 3 and 4lb.
Along side their own children have fostered for independent fostering agency and also their own local authority for nearly 2 decades.
They have built up a wealth of experience within the fostering community and are well respected by the Fostering Network the UK’s leading fostering charity, often talking part in their campaigns at a National level, especially promoting new carers to come forward from the LGBTQ+ communities.
The Atwal-brice Family are very unique and cover many specialist topics around Disabilities with their older twins Levi and Lucas suffering with Autism and Epilepsy they have built up a vast network of associates in the charity sector and been ambassadors for Caudwell Children’s charity and My Afk charity’s working directly to help disabled children across the U.K.
The family have appeared on various television programs including the highest rated ‘ShopWell for less’on BBC One, they often talk on national TV and radio discussing topics including Epilepsy, autism
Same sex parenting , adoption and fostering and also take part in promotional videos for the above topics for various charity’s and organisations,
Paul has worked in performing for many years touring the USA for the hit production Spirit of the Dance and still performs to this day in Pantomime and commercial work.
We are Lucy and Amy and we have been trying to grow our family for the past two and a half years. Our story started with IUI which didn’t work out for us, so we decided to move to a private clinic to try IVF. Three miscarriages later we are still battling for our rainbow baby. Currently in the midst of our first FET cycle, we are hopeful that we won’t have to wait much longer...
We have shared our experience of trying to conceive as a same sex couple on our Instagram and YouTube Channel, Our Big Gay Journey - from how we chose our sperm donor to our heartbreaking losses. Fertility treatment can be a very lonely experience, but it’s so important to know that you are never alone.
Lucy & Amy - Our Big Gay Journey
TTC - Trying To Concieve
We're Zoey and Kelly, and we run Our Transitional Life, an LGBTQ+ family blog. We live in Cardiff with our two home educated children, George and Molly, and our dog, Ziggy. Our blog is focused on sharing our experiences and life as a transgender family. We also offer help and support, whether you're transgender or supporting someone who is. We also like to have a giggle and don't take life too seriously.
We are Dan and Calvin, we have been together for 7 years. I (Dan) am 34 and Calvin is 42. We live in Swindon and brought our current house in 2017. Calvin runs and electrical contracting company and I work for him when we are not fostering.
Calvin has a 13 year old daughter Kacey from a previous marriage. We became foster carers at the beginning of 2019. We started of doing respite and emergency placements then had a little 5 year old girl for 9 months. Since COVID we haven’t fostered.
Our surrogacy journey started officially in 2018 when we sent our application to SUK however it’s something I’ve wanted for much longer. We met our surrogate Jenner in January 2020 through SUK however we or her were not yet members, we then joined SUK as a team (team baby bear). We are currently having embryos created and awaiting a transfer date for our surrogate which should be around the beginning of August
My name is Alex Wills and I am the very proud father to two wonderful little girls. Charlotte, who is 7 and Bethany who is 6.
Graham and I knew we wanted to be parents very early on, and for me it never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t be. With that in mind our surrogacy search began.
We spent a year researching, calling and video chatting with different clinics around the world.
We found a clinic in Delhi, India that was supportive of our journey, had previous success stories and they put us in contact with other IP’s and new parents. After many more questions and chats we began the journey and flew out for a weekend. We had travelled India before so we knew what to expect.
At the time we wanted a caucasian child so we opted to fly in an egg donor from Georgia (the country not the state). We ran two surrogates concurrently and were ecstatic when we found out we were pregnant with one of them!
The long wait begin. The contact from our clinic was amazing and we had lots of photos and updates and then, in the spring of 2013 we flew to Delhi to meet our little girl! She was perfect! So then begin our 3+ month adventure in India whilst we waited for Charlotte’s passport to fly home!
Like all new parents we were walking on cloud 9... So much so we got a little dizzy and decided to immediately try for a second child.
This time we opted to use a clinic in Thailand. Now knowing the heart wrenching love you feel for your child the moment you set eyes on them we decided to use a local egg donor and surrogate. We moved quickly for 2 reasons, I was lucky enough to be on a 2 year career break and with the statistical unlikelihood of us getting pregnant first time on our mind we decided to proceed straight away. Boom! Pregnant first attempt - we must have been crazy! So months later again after many calls, pictures and scans we are called to Bangkok - Bethany is on her way!
Now the first check in en route to India was champagne and lounge access, the second was nappies and testing the milk at security - oh how life had changed! So we arrive in Thailand with Charlotte in tow.
Satch and Lisa met in Berlin when Lisa booked Satch's band to perform at Reeperbahn music festival. At the time both of them were in relationships and so their own remained purely professional. When Lisa booked Satch's band again for the following year, after realising they were both single, it didn't take them long to hook up! It was a whirlwind of a romance and Lisa moved back to the UK to be with Satch and their fertility journey began. Teaming up with the incredible Agora they were successfully able to preserve Satch's fertility before starting testosterone treatment and they now have 12 embryos in the freezer waiting to be hatched (the boys are called Cornetto, the girls are called Viennetta and the non-binaries are called Twister 😂).