In the liberal haven of Los Angeles, a 37-year-old transgender man named Bennett Kaspar-Williams gave birth to a son and insists on being called his “dad.”
Bennett says the medical staff is guilty of “misgendering” by referring to Bennett as “mom.”
Nurses called him a “mother” despite having male identification and a beard, Daily Mail notes.
At the age of 26, Bennet says he first realized that he is transgender. At the age of 29, Bennett began the transition.
In 2017, six years later, Bennter met his future husband Malik. The two later married in 2019.
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The couple decided that they wanted to have children, and weighed the options available to them because it meant Bennett stopping the testosterone hormone therapy he’d been on for several years to enable his ovaries to function.
Bennett, who has had surgery on the top half of his body but not on his genitalia, eventually decided that he would be comfortable trying to conceive and carrying a child.
He fell pregnant naturally soon after they started trying, and the couple welcomed their son Hudson, via Cesarean section, in October 2020.
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Two years after beginning hormone treatment, in the summer of 2015, Bennett had surgery to remove his breasts – paying $5,000 for the procedure.
Recalling how it took the operation to make him realise how unhappy he was about having female breasts, he said: ‘It was really liberating. I had this feeling that it was something that I needed to do, but I never had a self-hatred of my breasts, like some trans people.
‘I had no dysphoria about certain body parts and still don’t.
‘But I never could have anticipated what a relief it would be to find them gone. It was a huge weight off my shoulders.
‘That’s the end of the surgical road when it comes to my transitioning though – bottom half surgery is off the table. I have no dysphoria with that part of my body.’