>> Three boys, triplets, and two dads. An Hui is kicking off a normal day with his children.>>
But in China, families like theirs aren't the norm. 10 years ago he met his partner Ye Jen Bin. Soon, the two men decided they wanted a family together.
Here in China, LGBT families are very uncommon. But in 2014, their dream finally came true after a successful round of IVF, or in vitro fertilization, using a surrogate mother.>> I think I'll probably have even more children. For example, 10 or 20 more children, anything is possible.>> Gaining access to IVF for An and Ye wasn't simple.
An and Ye's kids were born from a Thai mother, using human eggs provided by a German donor at a hospital in Hong Kong. In China, gay couples have to no way to legally use reproductive technologies. So that means if they really want to use IVF, they have to leave the mainland, and that is very expensive.
According to one non-profit surrogacy organization, the average cost of hiring a Thai surrogate is more than $50,000. But not all of China's LGBT couples can afford the high costs of overseas IVF. Dengn Rongfeng and his partner Li Tau got married in the US in 2015. And while they'd like kids, they say their income just doesn't stretch that far.
>> International surrogacy is really expensive. I calculated the cost once and figured I had to sell a house if I wanted a child.>> They're also worried about their children facing discrimination in a traditional Chinese society. They even say they dread the idea of explaining having children to their conservative families.
Like Deng and Li, both cost and tradition are leaving most same-sex couples in China sitting on the fence about having kids until a time when China reforms laws on LGBT couples having kids, it looks like that is where they may have to stay.