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Transgender Generation: Transgender man gives birth to a healthy baby


A transgender man has given birth to a healthy baby - five years after having his first child while living as a woman.




30-year-old Kaci Sullivan from Wisconsin, US, is believed to be the first person in the world to give birth living as both a woman and a man.
Sullivan already has one child, five-year-old Grayson, with his ex-husband. Grayson was born while Sullivan was living as a woman before transitioning. 
In giving birth to his new baby, Phoenix - a healthy child weighing 8lbs 9oz - Sullivan underwent a C-section after seven days in labour.
Phoenix was conceived with Sullivan’s partner Steven, 27, after Sullivan took a break from male hormones.
The birth comes four years after Sullivan, a business student, started his transition from female to male. 
The couple have decided not to reveal Phoenix’s sex, choosing to raise them as gender neutral until they are old enough to decide their sexuality for themself. 
Sullivan says he did receive lots of attention when pregnant, including some abuse online, but he wanted to break the stigma around trans parenthood
“The moment the baby came out and I got to hear them cry was indescribable,” Sullivan said. “It’s incredible to think that I had made this little human.
“After 26 weeks of morning sickness and seven days in labour it was such a beautiful moment.
“We are just so happy and grateful and enjoying spending time together as a family. The baby is delightful, loving and sweet.
“The connection I’ve felt to them throughout my pregnancy has been an incredible privilege and the last nine months have brought my partner and I so close together.”
Sullivan added that he refused to engage with people who were “perturbed” by the idea of him giving birth.
“They will try and find our safe space and violate it with their opinions, but they are jerks,” he said. “I don't waste my time or energy by giving them anything in return.
“Because I don’t see pregnancy as inherently feminine, and because I don’t subscribe to make-believe gender roles, I wasn’t threatened by the idea of pregnancy. It didn’t make me feel any less masculine.”
Sullivan says he struggled with his identity his whole life and suffered abuse from the age of four. 
When he became pregnant with his first child, he had hoped the experience would help make him feel more feminine, but it didn’t. 
“Throughout the experience, I prayed to connect with womanhood, to identify with what was happening to my body, but I couldn’t,” he said. 
“I felt so hopeless and lost. I wanted to die. I fell into such a dark place and I was terrified to bring a baby into that darkness with me.

“But the moment they put him in my arms it was bliss. Immediately I loved him like I had never loved anything or anyone and I felt such a surge of duty to him.”
Three months after Grayson was born, Sullivan came out as transgender, which, he says, felt like “a tonne of bricks” had been lifted. 
His marriage eventually broke down and he lost many friends as well as his job, but it was worth it for him.
Sullivan went on to meet his current partner Steven in 2014, and after a false pregnancy scare, the couple decided to try for a baby in 2016.
Six months later Sullivan conceived naturally and went on to enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
The baby is now feeding with breast milk provided by donors.
Sullivan documented the journey with photos and a series of Facebook posts and a YouTube channel, My Trans Pregnancy, to create a resource for other transgender parents.
He said: “As my bump grew bigger and bigger I got nervous going out in public because people would stare. They noticed my abnormal shape.
“There was a lot of anxiety but the most important thing for me was sending the message that pregnancy is not a gendered thing.”






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An entire family of four - man, woman, son and daughter - has come out as transgender in Queen Creek, Arizona.

Daniel Harrott, 41, the biological parent of two trans children, was assigned female gender at birth and is a transgender man.

His son and daughter also say they were assigned the wrong gender at birth, and he has met a transgender woman, Shirley Austin, 62, who was assigned male gender at birth. Harrott and Austin are now engaged.

'The whole family is in transition,' Austin told KJZZ. 



'It feels like you're getting to live for the first time,' Harrott said. 'And my children are getting to be who they've always wanted to be.'  

Chaz Bono, who was assigned female at birth and is a transgender man, explains his being born with female reproductive organs as being 'a birth defect, like a cleft palate,' according to Bustle.

'There's a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they're mismatched,' he said. 



Harrott's son, 11-year-old Mason, was assigned female gender at birth and is a transgender boy. He has dark brown hair, shaved up on the sides that falls slight over his eyes if he's not careful to keep it swept back.

Harrott's daughter, Joshua, age 13, was assigned male gender at birth and is a transgender girl. She has sandy-brown hair that falls just to her shoulders as she sits in her wheelchair.

'I think I was only, like 6 or 7,' Joshua said, of when she knew she was trans. 

Harrott told KJZZ that he thinks trans people have been part of his family for 100 years.

His grandmother's sister, which would be his great aunt, was called a 'cross-dresser,' he said. Harrott said that bothered his grandmother, so she was very strict with his mother, and made sure she dressed feminine at all times. 

'Of course my mother just gave that same lesson: 'This is not OK. You must be a girl. This is who you were born to be,'' Harrott said.

Harrott lived most of his life as woman, but makeup and women's clothing just never felt right to him. 

He married a man and gave birth to Mason and Joshua without ever quite feeling like himself. 

It wasn't until last year, when Joshua wanted to join Girl Scouts, that Harrott was introduced to the term 'transgender'.

'When I finally looked ['transgender'] up, I realized, 'Oh my gosh, they're trans, and I know it's true – because I am, too, and it's been my whole life,'' Harrott said.

Shortly after that eye-opening experience, Joshua came out as a trans girl and Mason came out as a trans boy.

Their openness about living their authentic selves gave Harrott the courage he needed come out as a trans man. Right away, he cut his hair and went shopping for new clothes that felt more true to himself.  

'I opened my eyes, looked in that dressing room mirror and went, 'Oh this is it. This is perfect. This is me,'' he said.

While all of this was happening, Harrott met Austin, as she was volunteering at an organization that supports parents of trans youth.

Austin was at a point in her life where she thought she'd be single forever. She had also been married before. 

'I was never accepted before by people that really loved me, and we were married,' she said. 'So why would any of that change?'

Joshua, Mason and Harrott became friends with Austin, and Harrott and Austin's relationship grew from there. 

'It was so freeing, because I knew I could be me, and they're going to understand me for who I am,' Austin said. 'They're going to know the hurts that I feel and how we can help each other.' 

'I feel loved,' Harrott said, grinning. 'I mean, I feel love for who I am, exactly how I am.'
Harrott said his biggest hope for this children is that they, too, feel accepted and supported for their true selves. 



Canada’s state broadcaster has pulled a planned airing of a controversial BBC documentary that features a doctor who allegedly attempted to ‘cure’ children of being transgender.
Contentious documentary ‘Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?’ first aired on BBC Two in the UK in January, claiming to “present different views from experts and parents on gender dysphoria in children”. 
The programme uncritically featured disgraced doctor Kenneth Zucker, who was sacked from a gender identity clinic following a damning review of his treatment of transgender children.
The controversial doctor had focused treatment on convincing transgender youth to feel more secure about his or her actual gender” while encouraging parents to “set limits on things like cross-dressing” and stop them playing with “girlish” toys.
In the documentary, the doctor claims that autism might cause children to believe they are transgender.
The documentary led to a string of complaints from activists who alleged that it left viewers with a false impression that children could be ‘cured’ of being transgender.
Some of the families who took part in the documentary also completely disavowed it, branding it inaccurate and misleading.
And leading medical experts in the UK – including NHS England, the UK Council for Psychotherapy, the Royal College of GPs, the British Psychoanalytic Council and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – later signed a Memorandum of Understanding disvowing all attempts to ‘cure’ transgender people.
The documentary was set to be shown this week in Canada, as part of a deal with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
However, the network pulled the documentary just hours before it was meant to go to air.
A spokesperson for CBC said: “In light of our own further review of the doc, coupled with the audience reaction we’re seeing today, we have decided not to air Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best.
“We think that there are other docs that better offer insight into the realities of the transgender community and we look forward to airing those in the future.”
The decision led to a furious response from Sam Bagnall, the documentary’s executive producer.
He said: “Shame on @cbcdocs for censoring a film airing parents’ and clinicians’ concerns about the treatment of kids with gender dysphoria. You have been captured by a single issue pressure group.
The more you read this the more disturbing it actually is. Incredible that they responded to ‘audience reaction’ before the film was aired. Feels like political interference in @cbcdocs editorial integrity or else why schedule the film in the first place?”
The documentary maker appears to have strong personal views about transgender people. He has recently posted a number of tweets sharing trans-critical articles about the “transgender trend” and a “possible social contagion among ‘transgender’ teenage girls”.

He also shared a profile of about Alex Bertie, a male transgender YouTuber – with a tweet referring to “teenage girls”.
The film has also previously been pulled from airing in Australia, after the broadcaster was made aware of the objections from participants and medical personnel.
Dr Zucker served as the head of the Gender Identity Service at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) but was dismissed from his position following a review of his practices.
After the doctor’s dismissal CAMH disavowed his work and issued an apology to every patient who had ever been treated by him, explaining: “At CAMH, excellence is our starting point – we expect CAMH’s services to reflect the latest and best practices in the field.
“We want to apologize for the fact that not all of the practices in our childhood gender identity clinic are in step with the latest thinking.
“CAMH agrees with the reviewers that this is an opportune and somewhat natural time for re-visioning of our child and youth gender identity services. There is a tremendous need for services such as this, clinically and academically.”
His work has long been contentious.
In 2003 Dr Zucker, who was then editor of Archives of Sexual Behavior, published a controversial study from a researcher arguing for reparative therapy to “cure” homosexuality, though Dr Zucker strongly denies personally advocating reparative therapy for gay people. The study’s author later recanted the study’s conclusions.
The filmmakers said previously: “With a rise in the number of children being referred to gender clinics, this programme sensitively presents different views from experts and parents on gender dysphoria in children.
“For more than 30 years Dr Kenneth Zucker ran Canada’s biggest child gender clinic and was considered a recognised authority on childhood gender dysphoria until he lost his job. He believes he was fired for challenging the gender affirmative approach.
“This documentary examines Zucker’s methods, but it also includes significant contributions from his critics and supporters of gender affirmation, including transgender activists in Canada and leading medical experts as well as parents with differing experiences of gender dysphoria and gender reassignment.


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In December, while the rest of the country was debating tax reform and net neutrality, four Catholic bishops and 16 other conservative religious leaders issued an "open letter" about transgender issues, firing a shot in what has become the next major culture war issue after same-sex marriage.
Not surprisingly, progressive Catholic groups — including New Ways Ministry, Call to Action and Dignity USA — denounced the document, while traditionalist Catholic websites and media supported it. Lost in the battle were transgender people themselves.
"It's like we're collateral damage in the culture war," said Hilary Howes, a Washington D.C.-area Catholic and founder of TransCatholic, a ministry to transgendered people. "It's painful to have people think of us in this way."
The open letter, titled "Created Male and Female," affirms the "inherent dignity" of all people, but warns that transgenderism is a "false idea" and "deeply troubling," and calls upon government to support "policies that uphold the scientific fact of human biology."
Transgenderism "compels people to either go against reason — that is, to agree with something that is not true — or face ridicule, marginalization, and other forms of retaliation," said the Dec. 15 document.
The bishops and other signers warn that children are harmed when told they can change their sex, "sowing confusion and self-doubt."
"Parents deserve better guidance on these important decisions, and we urge our medical institutions to honor the basic medical principle of 'first, do no harm,' " the letter said.
It was signed by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, chair of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage; Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, chair of the Committee for Religious Liberty; and Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania, chair of the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he also supported the letter, though he was not a signatory.
It was unclear if any transgender people were consulted in the drafting of the document. Repeated requests by NCR for comment from the United States Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops, which released the statement, were declined. 
However, a U.S. bishops' conference press release states that the letter is the result of a meeting, held after the U.S. bishops' fall general assembly in November in Baltimore, during which ecumenical and interfaith partners discussed gender ideology with members of the conference's Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
The press release also mentions previous letters on "religious freedom" and "defense of marriage," with similar groups of ecumenical partners. 
The transgender letter was signed by the Anglican Church in North America, which broke away from the Episcopal Church in 2009 over LGBT issues, and by the more conservative Presbyterian Church in America, North American Lutheran Church, and the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
It was not signed by those denominations' more liberal counterparts: the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which have taken stances in favor of LGBT rights.
The open letter also follows a February 2017 statement from Chaput and Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, praising the Trump administration's repeal of a previous instruction from the U.S Departments of Justice and Education that prohibited discrimination of students based on gender identity, including transgender status. 
"I think this is the new front in the gender culture wars," said Mark Silk, professor of religion in public life at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, noting that both liberal and conservative advocacy organizations may have been surprised at how quickly Americans — including American Catholics — came to largely accept same-sex marriage.
"I don't mean to be overly cynical, but I think both sides thought they were in for a much longer struggle … and then they needed a new issue to keep them raising money," Silk said. "Same-sex marriage is no longer where you can get anybody's attention."
Yet the public policy issues — focused on bathroom accommodations or military service, so far — seem relatively minor, and the number of people affected relatively small, Silk said. "I don't see how it really affects people in terms of institutional behavior," he said. "What's the threat?"
But it is precisely the social and legal advances made by transgender people that have conservative Catholic and other religious leaders concerned, said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for LGBT people.
"I think it's going to become a big issue," DeBernardo said. "In the religious world, and in the Catholic world in particular, gender is so embedded in so many doctrinal statements that any new understanding of gender is very threatening."
He noted critiques of transgender issues at a conference for bishops last year, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the National Catholic Bioethics Center, two organizations with a long track record of anti-LGBT efforts. 
In a statement, New Ways Ministry called the December open letter "dangerous because it distributes false information which can lead to attitudes, policies, and practices which will do physical and emotional harm to transgender people, a community already with a high risk of becoming victims of hate crimes."
New Ways Ministry now receives more requests for its programs about pastoral care for transgendered people than for ones about gay and lesbian issues, DeBernardo said.
"So many Catholic initiatives around the world are trying to understand transgender issues and people in sensitive and responsive ways," he said, "But [the open letter] just seems so insensitive and irresponsible."
response from Call to Action said the letter "represents an outdated and harmful understanding of gender that is rejected by the majority of faithful U.S. Catholics."
One study has found that a majority of Catholics (56 percent) opposes laws that require transgender people to use bathrooms that align with their sex assigned at birth, while another shows Catholics divided about whether it is possible for someone to be a gender different from their sex at birth.
Dignity USA called the letter "heinous and immensely damaging" in its response and urged the U.S. bishops' conference to remove it from its website.
New Ways Ministry also signed a reaction from the National Religious Leadership Council's LGBTQ Task Force, which urged the religious leaders who signed the document to reach out and connect with transgender people.
"If Catholic leaders wanted to, they could avail themselves of the immense amount of scientific, theological, and spiritual research which supports transgender people in their quest to live as their authentic selves by various forms of gender transition," DeBernardo said. "Even more simply, Catholic leaders should listen to the personal experiences of transgender Catholics."
Howes, who converted to Catholicism after she transitioned, agrees. "They have a very poor understanding of what life is really like for transgender people," she said. "If they would listen to transgender people, it would be a step forward."
[Heidi Schlumpf is NCR national correspondent. Her email address is hschlumpf@ncronline.org. Follow her on Twitter @HeidiSchlumpf.]
Transgender issues next battle in culture wars Jan 13, 2018 Heidi Schlumpf






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