There are 1.4 million people in the USA who identify as transgender. Yet until recently, media coverage of the trans-community has been incredibly limited, and often very negative. It means that transgender people live in great risk, as people rarely understand their situation properly.
But out of this negativity comes one wonderfully positive story. It is the story of Wyley Simpson, who was legally a man but ended up being pregnant. It looks like the doctors aren't always right. But how was this possible?
There has been increased coverage of transgender people in the media.Unless you have been living under a rock, in recent years you will have noticed a rise in the coverage of transgender people and their rights. There are more trans people on TV, modelling, singing and just generally, we are starting to be made aware of their lives.
What is the difference between sex and gender?So the first thing to look at is what gender means. When a child is born, they are (usually) declared to be either a boy or a girl (or occasionally intersex). This is the child's sex. It is biological. Gender is a social construct that refers to how people identify within themselves. This refers to their behaviour and expression, rather than their biology.
What is the difference between transgender and transsexual?Transgender means that the person identifies as a different gender to the one that they were born as. This term can encompass many different sentiments and manifestations. It includes people who are transitioning, and identify as the other gender, but have not yet had surgery. Transsexual means the person has transitioned from their originally ascribed sex to the other one. They use hormones and/or surgical procedures to become recognised as the other sex.
Since when was filling out a form so hard?If you've ever had to fill in any form, you will almost definitely have had to sign male or female. Although for the majority of people this isn't an issue, for trans-people, it doesn't give them an option. It also makes it easier for them to be discriminated against in matters of employment, education and healthcare. For this reason, as well as the fact that they genuinely identify as a different gender to the one they were ascribed at birth, many people who identify as trans wish to change their gender legally.
Is it easy to change your gender?No. Both legally and physically, it is a very difficult process that takes years. Some states require the person to have undergone sex-reassignment surgery in order to qualify for a legal change of gender. It is a very long, arduous process and difficult to handle mentally as well. For this reason, most people go in small steps that take years to complete, if they ever do.
So how did a man get pregnant?
It's a medical marvel.eleven weeks pregnant, he began suffering from morning sickness. It was at that point they discovered the truth.
Transitioning is never an easy process.
It was a very difficult journey for Wyley.
Why do strangers take issue with this pregnancy?Wyley acknowledged that it is not usual to see a pregnant man walking down the road. It was not the staring that made life more difficult. But people told him that he would never be a man, they have insulted his mental capabilities, and they called him 'it'.
There are some mean people on the internet.
The parents weren't sure about the whole thing.
Now they are just two gay dads.
Some people still won't accept them.Although this is a couple who had sex and produced a child, in the same way as everyone else, people cannot accept their new family. It is baffling to think that people can be so small-minded, and that they want to share their small thoughts with the world.
Although some people are being far more supportive.
I cannot understand why people are so "worried" about what "biologically" he is. Of course he knows he's biological… https://t.co/16w3edy2vg— Joao Marinho (@Joao Marinho)1551889818.0
Wyley wasn't the first father to be pregnant.
The pregnant man had three children.Thomas Beatie's wife was infertile. Although Thomas had undergone top surgery and had a chest reconstruction, his internal, female, reproductive organs were still intact. He became pregnant through cryogenic donated sperm. Sadly his first pregnancy was ectopic and required emergency surgery, in which he lost three foetuses. But after that he went on to have a further three children.
Beatie also suffered from discrimination.Beatie wrote about his situation in LGBT publication, The Advocate. He said that even doctors discriminated against him and his wife, citing religious beliefs. He said that other people laughed or turned their backs. But they were just a couple who were in love and trying to start a family, despite the wife's infertility. It shouldn't have been so hard for the doctors.
This is the modern world people.
Caitlyn Jenner brought a lot of attention to the topic.
Caitlyn Jenner had been seen as a very masculine character.
Laura Jane Grace blazed a trail in the music industry.Punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace, from the band Against Me!, came out as transgender on the front cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in 2012. Although it has been a hard route for Laura, she has always had her band and her fans. Against Me! now sing various songs about being transgender. They have an album called Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and she even performed one of their songs, True Trans Soul Rebel with Miley Cyrus.
Then there's the star from Orange is the New Black .
And have you heard of the Wachowskis?Lana and Lilly Wachowski are both trans women directors, who used to go by the name of the Wachowski brothers. They are now known as the Wachowskis instead, for obvious reasons. These women are hugely talented as directors, writers and producers. Their second ever movie was The Matrix. They of course followed it up with the rest of the, hugely successful, Matrix series.
The Wachowskis are supporting transwomen.Following The Matrix, the Wachowskis worked together on V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas, and Jupiter Ascending. Then Lana Wachowskis co-created the Netflix series, Sense8. Sense8 has a diverse cast, which features none other than Laverne Cox.
Andreja Pejić is opening doors in the modelling world.
via: GettyAndreja Pejić is a Bosnian-Australian who came to prominence for appearing in both the men's and women's shows for Jean Paul Gautier. Andreja was the world's first androgynous super model.