Whitney and Megan Bacon-Evans started the movement after facing discrimination when trying for a baby
BY HARRIET ARGENT
YouTube power couple Whitney and Megan Bacon-Evans started a campaign in November last year to fight for fertility equality for LGBTQI families in the UK.
The campaign, which now has over 5,500 signatures, is urging the government to review access to the fertility sector in efforts to prevent discrimination against LGBTQI people wanting to start a family.
The couple started the campaign after they decided they wanted to try for a baby and found there were multiple barriers along the way that seemed to spring up because of their sexuality.
They were told they were not allowed to do home insemination with sperm from a sperm bank and found it was common for LGBTQI couples, women and trans men to be forced into private and expensive fertility clinics as a result of this.
They also found clear discrimination in the requirements to access IVF on the NHS, with LGBTQI people and single women having to undergo six rounds of artificial insemination to “prove” their fertility.
It is worth noting this procedure costs around £10,000 – £30,000 and that most heterosexual couples will qualify for IVF after two years of unprotected sex, which holds no additional financial cost.
Whitney and Megan said they were shocked to find this level of discrimination against the LGBTQI community in healthcare.
“As a result, we launched a petition that is near and dear to our hearts, as we believe that sexual orientation should not be a barrier to having a family in the UK,” they said. “Whilst we aren’t doing this for ourselves, as we are currently fortunate enough to be able to go down the private route, it isn’t the same for a lot of our followers.”
The couple also said that some of their followers had made dangerous private deals with men on social media because they were unable to afford the high costs of IVF.
“We were heartbroken from the stories we heard, as well as shocked by alternative dangerous routes our community is forced into.”
Everyone is entitled to proper access to healthcare no matter their sexuality, and backing campaigns like this will help push back against the discrimination our community faces.
Find out more about the campaign and how to support it here.
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