A transgender man from Portland, Oregon, have revealed that they will be having child – but the difference with this couple is that one of them is pregnant.
Speaking on today’s edition of This Morning, same-sex couple Trystan Reece and Biff Chaplow joined Holly and Phillip to talk about their unique situation.
The couple, who have been together for seven years and married for four, met at a friend’s brunch party held for the Transgender community.
For Biff it was love at first sight, but he had to bide his time in order to snare his dream man.
Explaining their situation, Trystan told Holly and Phillip via a video link to the studio: ‘I myself am transgender and was born female and raised as a girl.’
Since he was 20-years-old, Trystan – now 34 – has been taking testosterone tablets.
He continued: ‘When I was 20 or so I realised I had this profound sense of unease I had about myself and that feeling was transgender.
‘I started taking testosterone to lower my voice,’ Trystan explained. ‘I think that Biff knew that I was transgender when we met, although he is not.’
When Phillip then asked Biff if he thought Trystan was the one for him at the time, he replied: ‘No, I did not’.
‘That’s because at the brunch he ate something and had a big piece of spinach in his teeth – I thought it was a rotten tooth or something,’ he laughed.
Fast-forward seven years and Trystan is now 35-weeks pregnant – although Holly pointed out he had a small bump.
When he stopped taking his testosterone tablets – which helped him grow facial hair and stopped his periods – he was able to fall pregnant.
Asking what brought the couple to the decision to have their own child, Trystan replied: ‘We were thrust into parenthood, looking after Biff’s niece and nephew [who they adopted in 2015] but eventually I wanted to grow our family.
‘Adopting more kids was not something we could do financially. We can afford to have a child but we can’t afford another adoption.
‘The whole legal process was emotionally difficult for our family. We thought “we have everything we need to have a child on our own”.’
‘I had to stop taking testosterone so we went to speak to a medical team and make sure it was advisable. It may seem unique to your viewers, but in our community we know quite a few Transgender men – men like me -that are able to carry a child. For us and our community it’s not actually that groundbreaking or unique’, commented Trystan.
He added: ‘The doctor said there is no reason we couldn’t have a healthy, happy pregnancy and it’s been wonderful’, he continued.
Phillip responded by saying: ‘Like so many couples, you went through the heartache of miscarriage, didn’t you?’
‘That’s right – one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. It was rough but we did make it through,’ Trystan replied.
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