Mark Leondires, MD Shares Personal and Professional Perspective on April 27 in NYC
NORWALK, CT (April 25, 2013) – On April 27 in New York City, Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com, will participate in a panel about surrogacy for LGBT families at the LGBT Family Building Expo. The Expo, which is presented by the Center, is designed to educate the gay and lesbian community about their options for building a family, including adoption, alternative insemination, foster care and surrogacy, as well as discuss the emotional and legal issues. GayParentsToBe.com, which is primarily an informational resource for the LGBT community, is sponsoring the Expo.
“I am proud to share my opinions and expertise as both a dad and a physician at a larger fertility center. I hope to offer to insights, support, and professional expertise to the LGBT community,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “As a father and husband, I want to share the joy of being a parent with others in the LGBT community. While it was a hurdle to get started, the rewards are boundless. I hope to use my experience as a fertility doctor to help others understand their medical options when it comes to LGBT family building.”
During the “Family Building Information Session: Surrogacy,” Dr. Leondires will be part of a panel that will share their personal and professional perspectives as experts in psychology, law, insurance and fertility. Dr. Leondires’ goal is to demystify and simplify the process of becoming a parent through surrogacy, including the role of assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
“For more than two decades, Center Families has helped community members create, nurture and grow their families. It has served as a resource at every stage of family life and as a place to visit to mark significant moments,” said Glennda Testone, Executive Director of the Center. “We are proud to serve those who are beginning to build families by hosting the first LGBT Family Building Expo, just as we are proud to support LGBT families at every milestone.”
The Center presents LGBT Family Building Expo on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 208 W 13th St, New York, NY. Admission, which includes a welcome lunch and cocktail reception, is free for members, $35 for non-members. Other notable sessions at The Expo include:
-“Reading and Q&A Session” with Dan Bucatinsky, who is a gay father, actor and author of Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?
-“Out with Kids,” a session moderated by Angeline Acain, editor and owner of Gay Parent Magazine about being in the workforce as an LGBT parent
-“Navigating Family Building Options: What do you need to know?”
Led by Patricia Mendel, LCSW, attendees will be challenged to think about their own decision making, with the goal of helping them to make informed and appropriate choices.
About the Center
Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is at the heart of the LGBT community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. We strive to serve the LGBT community with a full-service, multi-faceted approach to programming, from hosting arts and entertainment events, advocacy groups and family gatherings to offering youth, recovery and overall wellness programs. Each year, the Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to our building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who engage in our life-changing and life-saving activities. We are proud to be your community Center. To learn more about our work, please visit www.gaycenter.org.
GayParentsToBe.com is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBT community. Through its partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), GayParentsToBe.com provides full service care by working with an established professional network, including gestational carrier (surrogate), egg donor and sperm donor agencies to help LGBT persons build families. The GayParentsToBe.com Team includes Andrea Braverman, Ph.D. and Medical Director Dr. Mark P. Leondires, a gay father who married his partner in 2011.
GayParentsToBe.com patients benefit from the experience and services of RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.