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British High Court Denies Transgender Person's Request to Be Legal Father of Child

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A few months ago I told you about the transgender person in Britain who gestated a baby for nine months and now wants to be legally declared the father. My opinion then is still my opinion now:

If you decide you’re no longer the same gender as the one you were born with, I’m amenable to calling you whatever name you want. I’ll use whatever pronouns you please. If it’ll keep you off my back, I won’t “deadname” or “misgender” you. I won’t go out of my way to hurt your feelings.

But I refuse to deny biological reality.

Science doesn’t get overruled just because Tammy decides she’s now Tommy. Chromosomes don’t care about your feelings. Yell at me all you want, but that’s just the way the gingerbread man woman cookie crumbles.

Surprisingly, the Brits agree. For now. AFP:

A transgender man who gave birth but did not want to be registered as the child’s mother on the birth certificate lost a legal battle at England’s High Court on Wednesday.

Freddy McConnell, 32, was born as a woman but has lived as a man for several years…

“There is a material difference between a person’s gender and their status as a parent,” the judge said in his ruling.

“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’s just a fact. If you want to have surgeries and take hormones and pretend to be something you’re not, you can do that in the 21st century. You can yell and scream at anybody who refers to you by the “wrong” pronouns, and get everybody in the media to applaud you. But you can’t be the father of the child you carried in your womb. Sorry. That’s where Make-Believe Time ends.

For now.

Best of luck to this kid growing up. Not only does he she xe have to decide which gender xe’s gonna be, but xyr mom is also xyr dad. Isn’t life exhausting enough already without creating all these new problems for ourselves?