Despite the fact that evidence proves transgender individuals have existed throughout history, it has only been in recent history that they've been slowly achieving rights and freedoms that allow them the comfort to try and be open about who they are. As society pushes towards inclusiveness and acceptance we are constantly pushed to expand our perceptions of many gender-based concepts. Slowly we are tearing down ideas that anything in particular is exclusively for "boys" or "girls." While that can mean something as simple as what color someone "can" wear or what toy a child "can" play with, it has also presented greater conversations as we propel forward into a society that stops trying to oppress individual expression and freedom.
One of the most controversial ways our perceptions have been challenged particularly on the subject of transgender individuals is surely the subject of pregnancy. The conversation has been around for awhile now but as time looms on and forward we are seeing more instances that bring on further conversations. While these photos may sometimes challenge us to readjust how we perceive the world and the people in it, the reality is they are also nothing more than human beings sharing proud moments of their transforming lives. They are just like anyone else, celebrating monumental milestones and beautiful moments of their growing families and quite frankly, it's inspiring.
After Tristan and Biff adopted Biff's niece and nephew they decided to expand their family by adding a biological child of their own. Trystan's photos and story went viral and he explained that being transgender looks different for every individual. For him, he never wanted his body to be different and he embraces the ability to carry a child.
It was already halfway through his gender confirmation process that Kayden discovered he was pregnant. It was then that he also learned he was already 21 weeks along! His story has been told on national television!
Chris got pregnant because his wife was struggling to do so despite multiple efforts with a sperm donor and fertility treatments.
I’m not sure if I didn’t want to or if I thought I wasn’t supposed to, being transgender, and so of course I was very nervous about it and worried what people would say. The first time we let ourselves get excited about it was when he went to see the midwife and got to hear her heartbeat. There was so much joy and excitement and it became real. I’m very proud to say that I did it.
Later, inspired by her husband, his wife successfully conceived and birthed their second child.
In fact, Fernando and his wife made history when their story went viral because his wife is also transgender! Fernando told the BBC:
We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we're the same.
Scott Moore and his husband Thomas were both transgender men who had adopted two children before becoming pregnant. While Thomas has had a hysterectomy, Scott hesitated though it was not originally because he thought he would ever want to carry a baby:
I opted not to have a penis because I couldn't afford it and I didn't think the results were very good - it had nothing to do with wanting children because back then I didn't think I'd ever have them.