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Basic Trope: A child somehow born from two biological parents of the same sex.

  • Straight: Alice and Carol get married and want a child of their own, so they use SCIENCE!
  • Exaggerated:
    • In the future, same-sex couples with children of their own become the norm thanks to SCIENCE marching on.
    • Magic causes homosexuality to be an equally common form of reproduction as heterosexuality.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice, a female, and Carol, a hermaphrodite, have children biologically together.
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    • Alice has a child, using Carol's Half Identical Twin Bob as the sperm donor.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: All straight couples in the show are infertile.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Carol appear in the next season with a daughter who looks a lot like both of them. It's later revealed that the she was adopted.
    • Alice and Carol go through all sorts of hoops to get one of them pregnant THROUGH SCIENCE! Alice gets pregnant, only to eventually reveal she cheated on Carol with Carol's brother Bob.
    • Or they merely got Bob to donate his sperm and artificially inseminate Alice.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Alice and Carol get a glimpse of their Babies Ever After future; this includes them having a kid, and they get it confirmed that the child is genetically theirs, though no straight answers as to how that happened.
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  • Zig Zagged: Alice and Carol end up with four kids, two that are both biologically theirs, one from a sperm donation, and another obtained through adoption.
  • Averted: Any same-gender couples with children have adopted their kids, retained them from a divorce, used surrogate parents, etc.
  • Enforced: A sci-fi show is doing a "children of the original characters" spin-off series. Except one of the characters is quite staunchly gay. A special sort of phlebotinum is invented by the writers to explain how the gay character had a baby with their partner.
  • Lampshaded: Alice and Carol have a child which is genetically both of theirs. Carol's brother Bob isn't sure how they managed this, and is frequently found wondering about it, but never gets more than a hand-wave by way of response.
  • Invoked: Carol, being a big fan of slash fanfics, proceeds to volunteer for strange alien rituals at the drop of a hat, invokes bizarre magical genies/demi-gods, drags Alice to any remotely magical/mysterious fertility temple she can find, and wishes really, really hard on her birthday candles in the hopes that she will "unexpectedly" get knocked up by her girlfriend.
  • Exploited: Queen Eviloverlordia uses the existence of homosexual reproduction to prove men are no longer necessary and obsolete.
  • Defied: Alice and Carol could theoretically have a baby together, but they don't want to right now, so they use the appropriate contraception to avoid it.
  • Discussed: Alice and Carol considered trying to genetically produce a child of their own in the past, but gave up that idea due to the unstable and dangerous complications involved. When their adopted son has a mild crisis of self, they tell him about their decision and explain that in the end they decided that genetics were less important than having a healthy, happy baby to raise together.
  • Conversed: Bob worries that Alice might knock up his sister, because even though she's a woman she's also a sorceress, and who knows what a sorceress can do?
  • Implied: Evelyn, when asked about her father, merely looks confused and asks "What's a Far-Ter?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Children with two genetic donors of the same gender face the same sort of prejudice that their parents have dealt with, labeled "freaks of nature" by self-appointed Moral Guardians. Alice and Carol's family become a target for violence due to their "unnatural" union.
    • The children are created via a failure-prone process and end up with a muddle of genetic conditions.
  • Reconstructed: Despite this, Alice and Carol work tirelessly to give their children the best life possible, and the kids manage to make some friends at school. It's implied that future generations will be more accepting, and a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue confirms this, showing the children of homosexual couples enjoying equal rights.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Bob ends up getting Danny pregnant accidentally despite the two of them explicitly being normal males, and no high technology or magic being used. Both complain that it shouldn't have been possible.
    • Bob only thinks he got Danny pregnant on account of their bizarre and adventurous lifestyles and one small, misheard conversation between Danny and their doctor.
  • Played For Drama: The method used to produce these special children is difficult and dangerous, and Alice and Carol argue about the risks. They also face opposition from so-called Moral Guardians seeking to shut down such projects, red tape from uncaring bureaucrats, and pressure from their family to give up this insane idea and settle down and have "normal kids" via a sperm donor.
  • Implied: Alice and Carol have a child who bears strong resemblances to both, and it's also been established that neither have any brothers.

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