In this essay I review five English-language memoirs of surrogacy by gay men (see also Layne, 2018 for a review of documentary films about gay dads). Considering the memoirs together highlights similarities in the experiences of American and English-speaking European gay men who are becoming fathers via surrogacy, and illuminates shared cultural tropes upon which they draw to narrate their ‘journeys’. The comparison also brings into relief how very different surrogacy can be, even within the relatively small compass of privileged, white, gay men in the early 21st century.

 

Westoby, R. [2013] 2015. Our Journey: One Couple's Guide to U.S. Surrogacy. Self-published e-book. 2nd edition.