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Posted On: 2nd Oct 2017

Transgender Family

Scott is encouraging greater acceptance for transgender families
Scott has a young daughter
David Cheesman supports Scott's campaign

'It's a very unique feeling, identifying as a male and giving birth. Ron and I are two dads with a baby and a lot of people struggle with that idea.' 

 

Scott Parker, who has been living as a man since 2015, is working with Fixers to encourage greater acceptance for transgender, gay and alternative families. 

 

He and his partner Ron are both transgender, born female but identifying as male.

 

In April 2017, Scott gave birth to their daughter, whose genetic father is a friend of the couple and not involved in parenting.

 

He told his story on ITV News Meridian East and West. 

 

Scott, who is 23, and has grown up feeling he should not have been born in a female body says: 'Carrying my daughter gave me a peace about my body that I never thought I'd get.

 

'It helped me not to hate my body parts so much because they had a purpose - giving me my child.' 

 

Scott and Ron moved to Brighton because they feel they have a greater chance of acceptance there than where they were living in Kent.

 

They believe it would be more difficult to live as transgender parents in many other parts of the UK.

 

'In Brighton they just let you get on with your life, so we are really lucky to have that,' he says. 

 

 

Daniel Cheesman, the CEO of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Switchboard, is impressed by Scott's openness.

 

He says:  'A lot of issues still exist for families that are non-traditional, there's still a lot of stigma out there and a lot of discrimination even in 2017. The indication is there are more transgender parents now and increasingly will be, so I think Scott's doing a really great thing and sending a clear signal to society.' 

 

Scott wants everyone to recognise that families come in all shapes and sizes. 

 

'I hope my project will help other people to pursue the family they want and feel safe in doing so,' he says. 

 

'Two mums, two dads, a dad that gave birth to their child, what does that matter as long as the child is loved, supported and cared for.' 

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Lucy Thwaite

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