Transgender man who gave birth loses court battle to be named as baby's 'father'

Transgender man who gave birth loses court battle to be named as baby's 'father'

A TRANSGENDER MAN has lost the battle to be named as the father on his baby's birth certificate.

Freddy McConnell, a multimedia journalist who works for The Guardian, did not want to be named as the baby's mother, despite giving birth.

But a UK High Court ruled on Wednesday that naming him as the father wasn't allowed because the law requires people who give birth to be named as mothers.

Mr McConnell is a single parent who was born a woman but now lives as man following surgery.

Though he was still biologically able to get pregnant and give birth, McConnell had legally become a man by the time his baby was born.

He took legal action against the General Register Office, which administers the registration of births and deaths in England and Wales, but his claim has now been denied.

 Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division of the High Court said in a ruling: "There is a material difference between a person's gender and their status as a parent.

"Being a 'mother', whilst hitherto always associated with being female, is the status afforded to a person who undergoes the physical and biological process of carrying a pregnancy and giving birth.

"It is now medically and legally possible for an individual, whose gender is recognised in law as male, to become pregnant and give birth to their child.

"Whilst that person's gender is 'male', their parental status, which derives from their biological role in giving birth, is that of 'mother'."

Freddy became known as 'The Seahorse' as he had conceived his baby by himself, and gave birth back in 2017.