Medical, psychological and legal experts will provide insights during a panel discussion.


Norwalk, CT March 26, 2014

On April 5 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. the Triangle Community Center (TCC) of Fairfield County, CT and will host “Getting Started: A Lunch & Learn on LGBTQ Family Planning.” During the event, a panel of experts will discuss starting a family in the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ Family Building event will include a light lunch and is being held at TCC’s new location at 618 West Avenue in Norwalk.


The panel of experts is comprised of Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and; Lisa Tuttle, PhD, who specializes in third-party assisted reproduction at RMACT; and Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., who is a prominent lawyer specializing in third-party assisted reproduction. The panel will take questions from the attendees and will explore many facets of surrogacy, including medical (in vitro fertilization or IVF), psychological (emotional impact of choosing an egg donor, gestational carriers/surrogates) and legal (importance of using an attorney).


“With Connecticut laws conducive to gay parents and its renown quality of life, Fairfield County is an increasingly attractive destination for LGBTQ families,” says Anthony Crisci, Executive Director of TCC. “As our community grows, TCC is proud to provide a support system for new and existing LGBTQ families. Events such as this Lunch & Learn signify TCC’s coming of age with a new office, new team and new programs.”


For 23 years, TCC has been offering resources and programs for a wide range of interests and ages within the LGBTQ community. and Dr. Leondires, who are long-time supporters of TCC, are excited to be a part of expanding the family building program.


“TCC is an ideal partner for because we both have a mission to provide education and help our community overcome obstacles to creating the families of their dreams,” says Dr. Leondires, who is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “I am proud to share my expertise and insights with the LGBTQ community as both a physician and a dad who worked with a gestational carrier for both of my sons.”


About Triangle Community Center (TCC) 
Triangle Community Center (TCC) is an LGBTQ Community Center serving all of Fairfield County. The mission of TCC is to help strengthen the health, culture, and visibility of the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County, CT, as well as to work with the greater community to foster and promote a more welcoming place for all. TCC achieves its mission by offering a diverse set of programs and services for LGBTQ people of all ages and their allies. For more information visit


About is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBT community. Through its partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), provides full service care by working with an established professional network, including gestational carrier (surrogate), egg donor and sperm donor agencies to help LGBT persons build families. patients benefit from the experience and services of RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Topics: Family Building, LGBTQ Family Building

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