Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Can't Even Say We're the Only Gay Mums-to-Be in the Village

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Can't Even Say We're the Only Gay Mums-to-Be in the Village

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Byline: Lotte Jeffs Notebook

LAST Wednesday evening I found myself changing a plastic doll's nappy, which had been filled with what I think was Colman's mustard. There are just four weeks to go until the birth of our daughter, so my wife and I have signed on to an NCT course in Greenwich.

Before our first class I geared myself up for being the only samesex couple in attendance. I was ready for questions about how we conceived, and the well-meaning anecdotes about a gay second cousin who knew someone who used a surrogate. I was composing tweets in my head about the tutor's inevitable struggle with the word "partner" instead of father and was anticipating having to valiantly school the room in LGBT equality.

Burdened with the weight of my perceived otherness, we arrived at the community centre to find (gasp!) that another lesbian couple were in the group. "Maybe they're sisters," I whispered to my wife, "or just good friends." I clocked the loving way one of the women placed her hand on the other's baby bump and realised, with a complicated mix of disappointment and excitement, that we are not the only gay mums in Blackheath Village. …

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