Hoping to encourage male homosexual partners to take on parenthood, a gay equality charity has launched a guide for "homosexual fathers".
The Guide For Gay Dads offers advice on adoption, fostering and surrogacy. It was written by Stonewall, which said, "there's never been a better time for gay men to start a family".
AdvertisementThe book, which is sponsored by the London Sperm Bank, gives practical tips on how to become a father as well as facts about sperm donation and co-parenting.
It also spells out legal changes affecting gay couples and contains a glossary of key terms in parenting.
"There's never been a better time for gay men to start a family in Britain. The law is now on their side," the Telegraph quoted Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, as saying.
"This comprehensive new guide - the first of its kind specifically aimed at gay men - outlines all options, with handy tips and places to go for further support.
"We hope it'll convince some gay men who might have otherwise written off the prospect of raising children to reconsider," Summerskill added.
The guide follows research commissioned by Stonewall from the University of Cambridge, which found that children with same sex parents have the same quality of upbringing as children with heterosexual parents.