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Chapter 2 explores how everyday experiences of queer family making challenge a prevailing discourse of reproductive choice that is central to the global fertility industry. In practice, queer family making in Australia is characterized by compromise, creativity, and translational work. Many prospective parents travel overseas or go online to source gamete donors or to organize surrogacy arrangements that are not available within Australia. Others find themselves conceiving children in reproductive arrangements very different from what they had originally intended. This chapter theorizes queer reproduction in Australia as a practice of “making do.” “Making do” is a distinctly settler colonial iteration of globalized reproduction, where a restricted fertility industry and state multiculturalism together propel intending parents into multiracial reproductive arrangements.

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