Transgender Man Stops His Hormone Therapy To Conceive His Husband's Baby | 22 Words

A transgender man has gone viral this week after he stopped taking his hormone treatment in order to give his husband a baby...

Bennett Kaspar-Williams and his husband, Malik Kaspar-Williams, have had a somewhat unconventional road to parenthood.

Bennett, who works as a lawyer in California, is a transgender man currently undergoing testosterone treatment.

So this means that if the couple wanted to expand their family...

They would either need to use a surrogate mother or adopt.

However, they didn't choose either of these paths.

And, instead, Bennett made an incredible sacrifice in order to give his husband a baby.

Now, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever before.

More and more people are now comfortable coming out as their authentic selves in today's day in age, including those with gender dysphoria.

It is more commonly known as being "transgender."

Transgender people often realize that they have gender dysphoria from a very young age, meaning there are lots of children out there feeling confused and, in some cases, neglected.

It is a heartbreaking reality that many trans people face rejection from their families.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, studies have shown that familial rejection can lead to the LGBTQ+ youth engaging in behaviors and activities that endanger their health, trigger depression, and other mental health issues, and, in some extreme cases, can lead to homelessness and suicide.

Family support is one of the most important things for a child or person coming out as trans...

Child welfare expert, Caitlin Ryan, stated that "family acceptance predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status," for LGBTQ+ youth. "It also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors - issues for which transgender youth are at disproportionate risk."

Of course, coming out as transgender and beginning the transition is never easy...

Enduring taunting from peers and colleagues who are too naive to understand the situation is a sad reality for trans people.

That is why it is so important that these people have as much support as they can...

A solid family and friend dynamic and undying support is of the utmost importance.

But, in some instances...

It is the person transitioning who offers support for their partner.

And this brings us back to the story of Bennett and Malik Kaspar-Williams.

Thirty-six-year-old Bennett used to identify as a "butch lesbian" before coming out as non-binary transgender.

He remembers the moment he told his mom.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he recalled: "I spent most of my adult life identifying as a butch lesbian, so when I told my mum I was a non-binary trans person, I do remember her struggling to grasp what it really meant at first."

But she quickly warmed up to the idea.

"By the time she saw me the following spring she got it. By then I'd really started to become more muscular and had a full-on beard. Bless her, she's always taken my coming out in her stride. I've come out three times to her. Once as a lesbian, once as trans, and once as a gay man."

Bennett began his hormone therapy in 2014...

And had what is known as "top surgery" to remove his breasts. He met his husband, Malik, a thirty-nine-year-old interior designer in the summer of 2017.

The couple recently decided to start a family...

So Bennett, who has not had surgery on his genitalia, put a hold on his hormone treatment so they could conceive naturally.

He quickly fell pregnant...

And the couple is now expecting their baby later this year.

The pregnancy is going smoothly...

He explained: "The pregnancy itself has been pretty normal, there have been no complications."

Bennett also describes himself as a "sea horse dad"...

In a nod to the sea creatures whose males carry the baby.

On his pregnancy, Bennett explained how the lockdown has prevented many awkward situations.

"No one has questioned whether I'm male or female, pregnant or not. Any announcements to friends and family have been over video calls and via text messages. The response has been super positive. I use the term 'seahorse dad' as a way for other trans people to find me and see that they can have a family of their own, too."

We wish Bennett and Malik all the best in their journey to fatherhood.

For more on the acceptance of transgender people, keep scrolling...