The Amazing and Endearing Story of a Transgender Man’s Pregnancy
Evan was born female and came out as a transgender at the age of sixteen. He gave birth this year.
Evan was born female. He was sixteen when he came out as a transgender. This, his sister writes for TIME magazine, did not deter him from having a baby.
Jessi Hemple’s story about his brother and his pregnancy is both endearing and heart-warming. It raises uncomfortable questions about gender fluidity and the stigma around transgender persons. Evan’s journey into parenthood is complex, messy and almost miraculous, as his sister writes.
“Pregnancies like Evan’s — and the many that are likely to follow — will stretch our cultural perceptions of gender norms even further. Americans are just starting to open up to the idea that you may be born into a female body, but believe that you are really a man. But what if you are born into a female body, know you are a man and still want to participate in the traditionally exclusive rite of womanhood? What kind of man are you then?”
Grappling with his masculinity and some feminine attributes, Evan’s story is also about his transformation, both physical and emotional.
“This question can bother people. It can make them uncomfortable. That’s partly why, when Evan texted me to say, “I’m pregnant!” I was excited for him, but also frightened. I thought about what strangers might say to my bearded, big-bellied little brother when he was nine months along. And I wondered, Would he be safe?”
Read the full story here.
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