TedxBristol Speakers 2015

Lynne Elvins

My Two Mum's (AKA The Myths Of Gay Adoption)

Time: 14:45 PM

Lynne Elvins is a design strategist and runs her own consultancy business. She is a Bristolian who, with her partner Emma, became the first gay couple to be approved for adoption in Bristol, 11 years ago.

In a very special talk for TEDxBristol she's telling us the personal story of the incredible journey they started, and continue on, with their son Steven. Lynne will share the hoops they jumped through, the challenges they have faced and the celebrations they have had along the way.

She'll address some of the myths of same-sex parenting, the adoption process and the realities of living with two mums.

It’s a thought-provoking, emotionally charged and uplifting story, which goes to the heart of what we as society believe makes ‘a family’, and how we quantify what ‘role models’ our children need.

Lynne says, “my experience of creating a family revealed quite clearly to me that there is still an engrained sense that gay people forfeit the right to have children because of the ‘choice’ that they took to be gay.”

Her talk examines what ‘family’ means in the 21st Century, and how we can all re-connect and be part of wider families, providing caring, kind and inspirational role models for the next generations, regardless of our sex or whether we share the same DNA or not.

My great expectation for the future is...

… that 'family' will be increasingly understood as a set of values and behaviours, rather than a specific number or type of people.

Watch Lynne Elvins's TedX 2015 talk here: