Trans Dad Announces He's Four Months Pregnant (Photos)

A transgender Wisconsin man revealed in June that he is four months pregnant.

Kaci Sullivan, 29, was born a female, but has been living as a man for four years, reports the Mirror.

Sullivan felt unhappy with his gender for as long as he can remember, but was unaware of the transgender community until he was 18.

"I didn't have a language for 'transgender' and what that meant until I was in high school," he explains. "I had anxieties about my gender all my life but as soon I learnt about the term as a late teen, I found myself intrigued and drawn to it. I mulled over it for several years and by the time I was 21, I knew I was trans. But I didn't want to deal with it or accept it."

But Sullivan was forced to deal with it when he became pregnant with his first child -- a now-5-year-old son named Grayson -- from a previous relationship.

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Sullivan provides the details of that pivotal moment in his life:

When I became pregnant with my first child, I was still in denial about being transgender. I hoped my pregnancy would help me connect with womanhood and femininity and somehow the terrible discomfort I had felt with my body all my life would be alleviated -- but that didn't happen. Instead, it was a very dark time for me and felt like an affirmation of everything I wasn't and could never be. Giving birth to Grayson forced me to face up to my true feelings about my gender. Now, my body is much aligned with how I view myself and my pregnancy is so much better. I love seeing my baby grow inside of me.

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In 2013, Sullivan began taking male hormones and, three years later, he underwent a double mastectomy. While taking a break from hormonal treatment following the mastectomy, he a became pregnant by his boyfriend, Steven, in December 2016.

"When I first conceived in December, I went online to try to find other trans people who had given birth to babies but I was shocked to only find a handful of articles," he explains.

So he started an online blog about his pregnancy to help educate others. "I knew there would be people who would want more advice and information about this -- so I felt a sense of responsibility to vlog about my pregnancy."

Sullivan also expresses his experiences through art, reports the Isthmus newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. "Art has a way of transcending barriers," he explains. "There’s common feelings that are relevant to every human experience that you can connect to. That’s when real understanding and real empathy happen."

A painting of one of his ultrasound images was featured in an April art show in Madison, hosted by the TransLiberation Coalition, an organization he founded in September 2016.

Sources: Mirror, Isthmus / Photo credit: Pixabay, News Dog Media via Mirror, Isthmus.

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