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Parenting Update

Even though legislation to grant parenting rights to LGBT+ families was passed in 2015, before the marriage equality referendum happened, parents are still waiting for rights and recognition. Anna Mac Carthy Adams gives an overview of the current complex legal situation for LGBT+ parents.

The law that would recognise me as a parent was passed before my daughter was conceived, but she’ll be nearly two years old before I’ll be legally recognised as her parent, if the current timeframe is to be trusted. We could not have envisioned that the legislation would take so long to commence and many LGBT+ families are now uncertain as to how to best access legal protections for their relationships with their children.

Aoife O’Driscoll, Anna Mc Carthy Adams, and baby Finn

The practicalities of implementing the Children and Family Relationships Act, which was passed in 2015, before the marriage equality referendum happened and which will grant many people a legal relationship to their child, are still being worked on by various government departments. People are still without the much sought after and much fought for legal protections that the law offers. Before delving into the detail of what we’re waiting on, let’s look at what is available to parents right now.

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Our second annual sex issue is a hotbed of intimacy issues, as we explore the effect dating apps have had on modern gay relationships with scientist and author Giovanni Frazzetto. We meet some of the crack-team making sure we’re all in good sexual health at the Gay Men’s Health Service, while Avram Finkelstein, one of the men behind the iconic 1980s Silence = Death poster, talks art and AIDS activism with ACT UP’s Will St Leger. Anna Mac Carthy Adams gives a timely update on the complex situation same-sex parents currently face, despite the passing of the marriage referendum and children’s legislation, and we meet the man behind the return of Silver Stars, a moving musical about gay men who dared to be out and proud in Ireland of the 1980s.