A transgender man has given birth to his first child in Germany and wants to be registered as the baby's father.
1:15PM BST 11 Sep 2013
Although the birth took place on March 18 of this year the news has only just come to light. The baby was born at home, in the Neukoellin district of Berlin, attended only by a midwife.
The father had insisted on a home birth to avoid being listed as the mother on hospital documents - a German legal requirement.
Although the father has been taking hormone replacement therapies for years he elected to retain the reproductive organs of a woman.
Because he physically gave birth to the child the unidentified man is seen as the mother, however by law he is recognised as a man.
In 2001 German law dropped the previous requirement for gender reassignment surgery in order to be lawfully recognised in a person’s perceived gender.
It was only in August of this year that Germany decided to include a ‘third gender’ option on birth certificates, where children born of indeterminate gender no longer have to be listed as either ‘male’ or ‘female’. Germany has been the first country in Europe to adopt this change.
The man’s request to appear as the father on the birth certificate has been granted, but his demand that the child’s gender not be released has been denied, according to the Daily Mail.
Authorities have overruled this and announced that the child in question is a boy. At the father's request however, details about the sperm donor or any possible relationship have been withheld to protect the child from attention.
Although this is the first child born to a transgender parent in Europe it is not the first world wide.
The American case of Thomas Beatie, a transgender man, is well known. Beatie is the father of three children and has sole custody of them after his estranged wife Nancy was shown to be violent towards him.