I love the Heinlien quote, btw! That is awesome
My screen name's Madison, and I'm a future single lesbian mama. I'm currently trying to get pregnant via donor insemination, and can't wait to be called "mom" someday. I've wanted kids for 13 years now, and am finally at a place that feels "right" to do it. That I'm single seems to be a GREAT thing to me, though I've liked being partnered in the past, too. I admit I'm selfish and want the parenting experience to be ALL MINE, lol.
I also work more than full time in film production in Los Angeles, and though I like it, it isn't what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I am training to be a doula also, in my "down" time. I eventually would like to work part time as a post partum doula, because I love new babies and new parents. I've completed the training and need to attend a childbirth class and attend three births, and then I'll be certified. Finding the time for it is hard!
I facilitate a group for prospective lesbian & gay parents that is supported by the LA Gay & Lesbian Center here in LA. We meet monthly to discuss donor insemination, co-parenting, adoption, surrogacy and foster parenting issues. I coordinate speakers, set up the meeting room & snacks, facilitate an internet newsletter to our members monthly and provide support and information for lesbians and gay men who want to be parents. This is one prong of my life mission, to support lgbt families, and those seeking the difficult and rewarding path of parenthood.
I am also a founding member of the new Los Angeles Family Alliance. We are a group of facilitators of various area LGBT parenting groups, LGBT supportive churches & synagogues, and local chapters of national organizations (PFLAG, COLAGE) that meet together to pool resources and ideas to better support and encourage the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered families that come to our groups (and those we'd like to reach). So far we've had three meetings and are moving ahead to outreach into our communities as an Alliance, in addition to facilitating our own groups. We intend to be a role model for other cities in how to pull together and make sure that every LGBT family has support and encouragement on their parenthood paths, which are sometimes difficult because of the society we live in and the communities we reside in. I'm very excited about our new alliance.
I will be starting up a donor insemination chat group in January, with the support of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. *I* need the support, so I KNOW other women must, too! I don't know if we'll be meeting at the Center or out of my home yet, but I have four families & singles who are already interested in hang out with me and chatting about the ups and downs of inseminating.
My long term goal is to open my own Family Center in the Long Beach area with a Los Angeles satelite office. We'd offer parenting classes, childbirth classes, a referral service to midwives/doctors/pediatricians/doulas, support groups, play groups, workshops & seminars and guest speakers as events dictate. I'd also like a shop (selling many AP things like slings and books, hehehe) and a day care center for lgbt families (I was the director of a preschool for six years previously, and a live in nanny). That is my long term goal and I'm slowly working towards that quite successfully. I usually get what I want, lol, and I intend to with this Family Center! LA is a mecca of sort for queer families because of the more openminded atmosphere and liberal supportive CA legal system. It's my life's mission to support queer families.
I also am a mosaic artist and soap maker. I love to read, do research, cycle and camp out. I am supported by my family and have some fantastic "chosen family" friends!