On the April 6 SafeHouse gathering, we watched a TV documentary about an American woman who has undergone transgender hormonal manipulation to become a man but has not completed gender assignment surgery, ie, he still has his female reproductive organs intact. He was later married to his wife who could not reproduce because of previous hysterectomy. Eventually, the couple decided to have a baby and he was the one who went pregnant! According to local federal laws, “mother” must be the biological mother of the baby, that means on the birth certificate of the baby, he was labelled as the “mother” and his wife was the “father”! The incidence quickly drew media attention and raised many deep and important questions. My understanding of take-for-granted notions such as “male/female”, “husband/wife”, “father/mother”, etc., was widened.
Alex from UUHK