The Inner City Legal Centre in Sydney presents this cutting-edge panel on queer parenting as part of the 2016 Mardi Gras.

Sydney’s Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) is set to host a revolutionary panel on LGBTIQ parenting and conception as part of the 2016 Mardi Gras Queer Thinking Calendar.

The panel, moderated by ICLC Board Director Moo Baulch, will feature Professor Jenni Millbank, Michael Tiyce and Brydon Wang, and span topics such as sperm and egg donors, surrogacy and co-parenting.

Vicki Harding, Director of the ICLC, said that the panel will be an important part of the Mardi Gras celebrations, and will give personal and informative perspectives on an important and sometimes overlooked area of LGBTIQ experience.

“It’s really exciting that these prominent and informed people are coming together to share their experiences of queer parenting with the broader LGBTIQ community."

“This is an unmissable event in the Mardi Gras calendar.”

The Australian Institute of Family Studies estimates that 11 per cent of Australian gay men and 33 per cent of Australian lesbians have dependent children – a number which could rise if NSW were to see changes such as the legalisation of commercial surrogacy.

According to Harding, this means that it is even more important for couples to educate themselves about their reproductive rights and options.

“There are lots of misconceptions, legal pitfalls and bureaucratic machinations to be aware of," she said.

“LGBTIQ people looking to parent should not pass up this opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of this wonderful and complex process.”

‘Talking Turkey’ will be held at the Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza Street, Newtown on 15 February 2016, from 7pm to 8pm. Tickets are free but numbers are limited, so please reserve a place here