HAUPPAUGE, L.I. — Hundreds attended Long Island’s first-ever LGBT Families Expo in Hauppauge Saturday afternoon.
The event is for LGBT people looking to start a family or expand their family.
“To get information on surrogacy, adoption, foster care and IVF," said LGBT network president and CEO David Kilmnick. “Whether they want to start a family or whether they want to expand their family.”
Brittany Ellis-Wirth is a new mom.
“We utilized in vitro fertilization to help build our family and he was born in April 2019.”
One day, 10-month-old Camden may become a big brother.
“It’s nice to just meet other families like ours and get more information.”
The expo is also a networking event that allows families to feel part of and connect to a larger community.
“Families can feel like they’re alone and their kids growing up in same sex families can also feel like they’re alone so for them to see so many people just like themselves is just amazing,” said Kilmnick.
The expo featured more than two dozen exhibitors. Many offering guidance on starting a family while others offered support and help for families to thrive. Some even offering spiritual guidance.
“I believe that god created us all I believe there shouldn’t be any discrimination and that unique and the LGBT community has a place in god," said Aneta Fraser, a chaplain.
The plan is to make LGBT Families Expo an annual event that will get bigger and bigger each year.