An influencer couple has come under fire after promoting a donor sperm giveaway online.
Married LGBT travel bloggers Allie and Sam, who have more than 200,000 followers on Instagram, posted the giveaway on social media on Saturday.
“We are so, so excited to be partnering with @fairfaxcryobank to (hopefully!) help one of you grow your family!” the couple from Nova Scotia, Canada, wrote.
“Winner will receive credit for 1 vial of donor sperm (of your choice) from @fairfaxcryobank + free shipping, and will be announced and contacted via DM on August 20th.
“Contest open to residents of Canada + the US. Not affiliated with or endorsed by Instagram.”
While the post has been liked by more than 14,000 people, it has met with mixed reactions.
“I don’t know how I feel about this,” one person commented.
“I myself am a sperm baby.
“As the child gets older they will ask questions about who and why.
“It’s a very emotional process not knowing what makes you (you).
“And to have this as a giveaway could make it more difficult.”
Another person said, “This is just the weirdest giveaway I’ve ever seen”.
“So many awesome comments here from donor-conceived adults. I’m also one of them. I’m also a lesbian,” a third person added.
“Seeing posts like this is so dehumanising. It’s so hard to support amazing lesbian content creators when they see your existence as a cute giveaway idea.
“Never mind the trauma many of us have gone through not knowing our bioparent and siblings… sometimes massive amounts of siblings.”
“I love seeing same-sex couples being parents but this industry is absolute trash and it’s incredibly heart wrenching to see other lesbians supporting this without question. Sigh.”
‘This is just the weirdest giveaway I’ve ever seen.’
Others praised the couple for the giveaway, noting how expensive IVF can be.
“We’ve been trying for a while now,” one person wrote.
“It gets so expensive so quickly.
“My wife is an elementary school counsellor and I am an artist working multiple jobs.
“This is a beautiful offer. Thank you.”
“This is so super amazing,” another person said.
“My wife and I just bought 3 vials and was heartbroken when we learned it didn’t take.
“It’s so good to see this positive light shined on individuals whose only option is IVF AI etc. Way to go ladies.”
In Australia, buying and selling sperm, and other human tissue is not legal.
But, those seeking donor sperm can do so through a fertility clinic.