Employer guide to LGBTQ+-inclusive fertility benefits

As LGBTQ+ rights have expanded in the U.S., interest in pursuing parenthood has grown, too. Sixty-three percent of LGBTQ+ millennials plan to start or grow their family. Transgender survey respondents are just as likely to be interested in expanding their families as their cisgender peers. But despite progress made in some areas of life for the LGBTQ+ community, significant barriers still exist to family forming.

Insurance coverage is one major component of this. Typically, health insurance only applies when someone has received a diagnosis of infertility — defined as a heterosexual, cisgender couple trying to get pregnant without success for a certain amount of time. Even if someone outside of a heterosexual partnership is experiencing infertility, getting a diagnosis can be time consuming and expensive.

By offering fertility and family-forming benefits, employers have a powerful opportunity to support employees in a tangible way. Inclusive work cultures also determine whether LGBTQ+ employees leave or stay: A quarter of LGBTQ+ employees report staying in a job due to an LGBTQ+-inclusive work environment. Considering that 68% of adults say they would switch jobs to gain fertility benefits, offering inclusive fertility benefits is a powerful way to create a workplace culture employees want to stay with.

Ready to start exploring inclusive fertility and family-forming benefits? One way to support your LGBTQ+ employees is by doing your own research around employee benefits that meet their needs. We hope this guide is a helpful place to begin.

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