November 19, 2005

Baby, Don't Lose That Number: Fairfax Cryobank 401

The NYT has a fascinating, powerful story of Donor Sibling Registry, the online database for uniting sperm donors with their genetic offspring which has, in the mean time, been busy uniting the half-siblings. The mothers and half-sibs are generally keeping in touch, forming loosely defined family networks around these invisible donors, who are known only by their sperm bank donor number and a brief list of education, hobby, and physical characteristics (which, unsurprisingly, the kids often share.)

Parents are increasingly open with donor insemination (D.I.) kids about their genetic origins, and the kids seem to be driving a lot of the efforts to find other siblings. Then they say things like this: "This is my sister from another mother, and this is my brother from another mother, this is my other sister from another mother..."

Hello, You're My Sister. Our Father Is Donor 150. [nyt]


A woman in my Moms Group sat next to a woman at Gymboree and struck up a conversation as they both had half-Chinese half-Caucasian children. Within minutes they realized they had used the same Chinese-American sperm donor in order to honor their lesbian partner's heritage. It was quite shocking.

Oh my Lord! I actually am a Chinese American sperm donor who donates sperm in honor of random ladies' asian lesbian life partners!

[no way! I thought you did it for beer money. -ed.]

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