Transgender man starts legal battle to be recognised as the father of baby he gave birth to
A transgender man has begun a legal battle to be officially identified as the father of a baby he gave birth to.
However, he was informed by the registrar responsible for registering the birth that the law requires people who give birth to be registered as mothers.
The man has now launched a human rights case in order to be listed as the child’s father, stating that being registered as his child’s mother infringes on his right to respect for family and private life.
According to The Telegraph, the man criticised this unnecessary “interference” and stated that it was unnecessary to list him as the child’s mother due to changes that had “evolved in society”
On Thursday, a High Court judge heard the beginning of the case from lawyers representing the unnamed man as well as those representing the General Register Office, the government agency responsible for keeping records on births, deaths and marriages.
The judge, Mr Justice Francis, stated that this had not been previously raised in a court in England and Wales and could prompt a change in the law if the man was successful.
The head of the unnamed man’s legal team, barrister Hannah Markham QC, said the law was “no longer compatible” with modern society and wider gender expression.
In a statement to the court, Markham wrote: “It is an accepted fact that a female who transitions to male may in law maintain the ability to conceive and give birth to a child.
“It is further averred that the current law relating to the registration of births and deaths is no longer compatible with the changes in society, the evolvement of freedom of expression and gender equality and the protection of an individual’s rights to identify as a particular gender.”
The man had legally changed his gender prior to giving birth and had a gender recognition certificate.
Two transgender men made headlines in 2017 for being the first men to publicly give birth in Britain, both halting their medical transitions in order to carry the pregnancies.
Both men were listed as the mothers of their children.
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A judge is expected to make a decision by September.
In 2017, a trans man spoke out about his experiences as the first person to give birth both before and after transitioning.
Kaci Sullivan gave birth to his second child in December after his first child was born prior to his transition.
Opening up about his pregnancies, he said: “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.”