Katy Reckdahl / New Orleans Advocate
BATONROUGE, La. -- Mikayla Stern-Ellis was looking for a roommate with a compatible personality, not shared genetics.
But last spring, when she logged onto a Tulane University website to help incoming freshmen select suitable roommates, one profile caught her eye. Emily Nappi, of San Francisco, had a similar build and long, wavy brown hair, just like she did. Both also had lesbian parents and were passionate about theater.
So Mikayla, a San Diego native, messaged Emily right away, suggesting they room together. It was too late; Emily already had a roommate. But the girls friended each other on Facebook anyway.
Then on Father's Day, Mikayla posted a glib Facebook status. 'Thank you Colombian sperm donor, for one of my X chromosomes.'