Transgender Man Gives Birth To Baby Girl

| by Sheena Vasani

A transgender man from Iceland has captured international attention after he reportedly gave birth to a baby girl.

Henry Steinn, 19, found out he was pregnant with his boyfriend, Thorir Leo Petursson’s baby only two months into a hormone treatment to change his gender, the Daily Mail reports.

Although his mother was fine with the gender change surgery, Steinn said his father had issues with it -- and became even more confused when he found out he was going to be a grandfather.

Still, Steinn said, others have been more accepting.

"Everyone around here knows of course about my life choices, and I'm pleased to say I haven't experienced any prejudice so far," he said, according to the Daily Mail.

Steinn has temporarily suspended the treatment so he can breastfeed his newborn, but he said he will continue with the gender alteration afterwards.

"I’ve never felt 100 percent male anyways but I feel so much better on this side of the spectrum that I'm going to continue with the treatment as soon as I can," he said.

Now the couple is planning their new family’s future, and they said they want to keep the baby’s upbringing as "gender unspecific" as possible.

“When the child starts making obvious choices about what she wants to wear, she will be free to choose where she wants to go,” Steinn said.

Steinn is not the first transgender person to give birth and make international headlines.

In 2015, Rafi Daugherty, a 33-year-old man living in Denver, Colorado, also gave birth to his baby girl, Ettie, but by artificial insemination, Times of Israel reported.

“I am a single transgender man having my first baby,” read a sign Daugherty wrote and posted on the delivery room door. “I use he/him/his pronouns and will be called ‘Abba’ [Hebrew for father] by the baby. Papa, Dad, Daddy, Father … are also ok."

“I didn’t want them to assume that I identified as female because I was having a baby,” he told Times of Israel.

He added that having a baby has always been a lifelong dream, and he proudly tells people about his transgender identity when they ask.

“I’m getting used to saying, ‘I’m transgender and I gave birth to her,’” Daugherty said, “so that Ettie can be empowered to know her story and share her story, and not feel like it’s something embarrassing or weird.”

Sources: Daily MailTimes of Israel / Photo Credit: CEN via Daily Mail

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