Scott Parker, a 23-year-old graphic designer who was originally born female, claims to be the first U.K. man to give birth. This comes just days after it was reported that another transgender man from Britain, Hayden Cross, had earned this distinction when he gave birth to a baby girl last month.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Parker, who asked that the publication use this fictitious last name to protect him from potential abuse, said that he had given birth to his daughter Sara on April 29. That’s almost seven weeks before Cross had reportedly given birth to daughter Trinity-Leigh via cesarean section on June 16, as noted by the Independent. Like many other publications, the Independent had written that Hayden Cross was the first transgender man in the U.K. to give birth.
If Scott Parker’s claims are true, that would have him several weeks ahead of Cross, whose story was well-publicized when he announced in January that he was expecting a child and putting his hormone treatment on hold for the meantime. But as he related to the Daily Mail, the pregnancy wasn’t a planned one to begin with, as he had reportedly gotten pregnant after a “drunken one-night stand” with a male friend last August.
Currently, Parker is in a relationship with a partner, who, like him, was born female and is in the process of transitioning to male. The unnamed partner hopes to adopt baby Sara, as Parker’s male friend has allegedly refused to be involved in bringing up his biological daughter.
Hayden Cross, from Gloucester, was born a girl and was legally male when he paused transgender hormone treatment… https://t.co/uJtSfq0Pne
— Thus Spake (@thus_spake) July 8, 2017
Scott did not plan to get pregnant but discovered he was expecting after a drunken onenight stand with a male friendhttps://t.co/ZtwvEQT3h9
— Sabrina Strniša (@SabrinaStrnisa) July 9, 2017
Unplanned pregnancy or not, Scott Parker told the Daily Mail that he feels very lucky to have become a father to Sara, and that he wants to let other trans men who haven’t fully transitioned know that they too could become pregnant and bear children.
“I did want to have my own children, and I had thought about how it might be possible with fertility treatment, but in the end I just wrote it off as something that is not going to happen,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’m a man now – I can’t have children.'”
“Now I have everything. I am the man I am meant to be and a parent. I want others to know they can do it too.”
Scott also said that he is “overjoyed” for Hayden Cross, whom most news outlets have reported as the first U.K. man to give birth.
While Scott Parker told the Mail that he’s glad that attitudes toward people in his situation are changing, he also acknowledged the possibility of abuse from people who may not understand his decision to bear a child, hence his decision to use an assumed last name. He also lamented that he is listed as Sara’s “mother” in the child’s birth certificate, due to the fact that he was born female.
Scott has since resumed his transitioning process, as he continues living as a man, just as he has since May 2015. He is set to receive a testosterone injection in October, and hopes to have surgery to remove his breasts sometime in 2018.
Although Scott Parker and Hayden Cross have been recognized as the first U.K. men to give birth to children, the Inquisitr wrote in January that they aren’t the first men in the world to do so. American man Thomas Beatie, who was born female in 1974, gave birth to three children before getting gender reassignment surgery in 2012, and in a report from last year, the Daily Mail wrote that he was preparing to have a hysterectomy in order to fully transition from female to male.
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