Episode 16: LGBTQ+ Family Building: One Voice that Changed a Company’s Paternity Leave Policy for Same-Sex Parents
While many companies are striving to improve their maternity leave policies for their female employees, there is also a vast need for expanding paternity leave policies. This can be extremely detrimental for recent fathers, and especially for same-sex male couples, creating additional barriers for LGBTQ+ individuals trying to build their families.
In this episode, we hear from Jason Rudman, who shares his experience of navigating family expansion options, including egg donation, surrogacy, as well as adoption. Jason and his husband Alvin ended up utilizing a gestational surrogate to start their family, and then, two years later, utilized another one to grow their family. Along the way, Jason used his voice to change his employer’s paternity leave policy and ended up helping more than just his immediate family.
Guest: Jason Rudman
Host: Salaia DaCruz, Senior Account Manager at Progyny
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Salaia has worked at Progyny for four years. She started her career as a Patient Care Advocate where she was able to assist members at each stage of their fertility journey. In her second year she managed the relationship for Progyny’s largest corporate account. In year three, Salaia joined the Account Management team where she currently works with large self-insured employer groups. Her commitment is to ensure the benefits teams she works with, and their members, understand and enjoy the Progyny family building experience. Salaia has spent her entire career working in the fertility space and is truly passionate about Progyny’s solution and how it is changing lives.
Jason who grew up in England, and Alvin McCray, who hails from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, met in 1998 in New York City. Twelve years later, and five years before the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, they tied the knot legally in Connecticut. Both looked forward to having children but wanted to have a biological connection. Surrogacy offered that opportunity.
Music From This Episode:
Artist: Dr. Turtle
Track: Always The Teasmade Never The Tease
Artist: Steve Combs
Track: A Vital Piece of Music for All Your Soundtrack Needs