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Transgender man gives birth to his own daughter after his wife was unable to fall pregnant

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Scientific tip: Men are not able to give birth.

From Daily Mail: A man who was born a woman has carried and given birth to his own daughter, after his wife was unable to fall pregnant.

Chris Rehs-Dupin, 33, and his wife Amy from Columbus, Ohio knew when they met and fell in love in their twenties, that they wanted a family.

As Chris – who was born Christina – was a pre-op transgender male at the time, they initially hoped that Amy could be the biological mother.

But when five attempts of intrauterine insemination – fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a uterus to facilitate fertilisation – failed, Chris, who still had his female reproductive organs, volunteered to carry their baby instead.

He finally gave birth to their now two-year-old daughter, Hayden, naturally on December 20, 2014, after five rounds of IUI treatment and a miscarriage.

Having Hayden made Amy, now 33, even more determined to carry a baby herself and in 2016 she had a son, Milo, after a further round of IUI.

Explaining their unusual parenting arrangements, Amy said: ‘We went through a lot of fertility treatments, until we finally reached a point where we needed to make a decision as to whether we were going to do more medical intervention or if we were going to switch bodies. We were fortunate enough to have two uteruses. So, after a lot of thought and emotion and difficulties we switched to Chris.’

And while Chris lived as a man and didn’t feel female, he was willing to use his womb, for the good of their family.

Recalling their initial plans to have children, sales director Amy continued: ‘There was no question who would carry the baby. I couldn’t wait to be pregnant.’

So, in January 2013, the couple visited their local obstetrics and gynaecology practice, near their home. They bought a batch of sperm from an anonymous donor, before choosing to use intrauterine insemination, placing the sperm inside Amy’s womb for fertilisation.

But, sadly, three weeks later, the pregnancy test was negative. After five IUI attempts – each costing £750 failed, they resorted to drastic action – with Chris volunteering to carry their baby instead.

Chris, who now runs children’s summer camps, explained: ‘When I went to university in 2007, I knew I wasn’t a woman and it was an easy realisation to make. I didn’t want to take hormones, because I was happy with who I was and who I was presenting myself as, but I have always been very open with Amy.’

Still, Amy’s love for Chris meant his gender was not an issue. She added: ‘By the time I met him, I knew the issue of his gender was at the forefront of his mind. And, eventually, he became more masculine and lived as a man.

‘Chris was my soul mate. I loved everything about him. It didn’t matter what he looked like.’

Cementing their love with a civil partnership in October 2012 and legally married in 2013, when the law changed, the couple were keen to have children.

But, when Chris finally fell pregnant, despite their excitement, they both struggled with what was happening throughout the pregnancy. Amy confessed: ‘When Chris was pregnant it was really difficult, because I always thought I would be the one to carry our children. It was definitely a strain and it was difficult.’

And while Chris started to experience the physical signs of pregnancy – he was constantly sick and his belly and breasts grew – his changing hormones strangely made his natural goatee beard grow thicker and more prominent. ‘Some days, he looked like a man with a beer belly,’ Amy joked.

Being pregnant was also a confusing time for Chris. He admitted: ‘Being pregnant is such a female thing and that’s when I started to question that it was not what I was. I don’t think I had a problem emotionally having a child, I wasn’t losing a part of my identity. I think the world had a bigger problem with it than I did.

‘Some people think men aren’t supposed to carry children, that’s the world we live in. So, I feel like the world would see it as emasculating, that it would make me less trans but not the case for me. For me it was an amazing experiencing.’

But Chris insisted he did not want to breastfeed. He said: ‘I had no intention of breastfeeding and I hated the fact my breasts had grown. After years of binding them flat, any pressure now left me in agony.’

Meanwhile, worried about bonding with her baby, Amy decided to take birth control pills, to trick her body into mimicking pregnancy. She also took a hormone called domperidone, to make her body produce breast milk.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Dad and daughter “transition” together from mother and son: ‘If she can do it, so can I’

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The Maison trans family…

From Yahoo: For almost two years now, a father and daughter have been sharing the journey of transitioning from mother and son.

Eric Maison, 39, began socially transitioning to become male in the fall of 2015, after his daughter Corey, 15, started her hormone treatment to become female. Maison’s medical transition began in 2016.

“Corey’s bravery definitely inspired me to come out as transgender,” said Maison, a resident of Detroit, Michigan. “To see how courageous she is, despite all of the cruelty the world shows her at times, makes me so proud. I thought, ‘If she can do this, so can I.'”

In June 2016, ABC News spoke with Maison (who then went by the name Erica) and daughter Corey to share the story about the transgender teen and her message against bullying.

Corey, then 14, was born with the same name but was assigned male sex at birth. Corey has been identifying as female since she was 2 years old, Maison said last June. Corey said she was inspired by transgender activist Jazz Jennings and saw a therapist who helped her transition from a boy to a girl. Jennings, who was assigned male sex at birth, stars in the TLC reality TV series “I Am Jazz,” which documents her life as a transgender youth.

“We’re not a threat,” Corey wrote to ABC News in June. “We are just like any other kids. We only want people to accept and love us for who we are.”

Maison said in June that Corey was bullied for being transgender when she was younger. The first incident was when a child pushed her down a hill covered in frozen ice, causing injuries to Corey’s face. Eventually, Corey was moved to another school as a result of the bullying, Maison said.

Back then, the boys didn’t speak to Corey. Today, they’ve accepted her as one of their peers. Now, Eric Maison, who still goes by mom even though he now identifies as a male, is sharing his journey.

Eric Maison was assigned female sex at birth. He told ABC News today that he always knew in his heart that he was male. Like his daughter, Maison learned “what it meant to be transgender” after watching ABC’s 2012 “20/20” special on Jennings, he said.

In 2007, Eric Maison married husband Les Maison. The pair have five children: Chelsea, 22, Corey, 15, Kailee, 14, Ellen, 9, and Willow, 6. While he loves his children, Eric Maison did not enjoy being pregnant, he said.

“It was very hard not being comfortable in my own body, but not understanding why,” Eric Maison said. “Especially when others would tell me how beautiful I was, or they wished they had the same body as mine. I always wished I had a different body.”

Les Maison, 53, told ABC News that Eric Maison came out to him a year and a half ago.

“My reaction a first was a little bit of surprise,” Les Maison said. “I was happy on one hand that, ‘Here we go, somebody gets to live their life as who they are.’ On the other side was, ‘How does this impact myself, our relationship and my family?”

Les Maison said he didn’t have suspicions that Eric Maison was transgender besides certain things he would say prior to his transition.  “[He] said, ‘I wish I had just got breast cancer so I can have a double mastectomy,'” Les Maison recalled. “There was no other indicator other than he hated having large breasts. There was an ah-ha moment after [he] said something [about coming out], but it all seemed to make sense at that point.”

On Feb. 21, Eric Maison underwent a double mastectomy. “I am very happy I had breast removal surgery and am taking hormones,” Eric Maison said. “I feel like a huge weight has been lifted, like I was carrying the weight of the world, and now I am free.”

Eric Maison’s procedure was performed by Loren Schechter, plastic surgeon director of the gender confirmation surgery program at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

“Surgery went well as expected and he’s recovering well,” Schechter told ABC News. “Top surgery is not simply for individuals who consider themselves male. It’s also for individuals who consider themselves gender nonconforming or gender neutral. Oftentimes, people will put these tight compression wraps around their chests to hide their breasts when they’re in public. Their goal can be to walk around the beach, pool or at home as well, without wearing a top. If they have breasts and it’s a source of dysphoria, that makes it difficult or impossible for them to do.”

Schechter said he looks to the “Standards of Care” (SOC) established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health before performing gender confirmation surgery on a person. The protocols include offering primary care, hormonal treatments, mental health services, voice and communication therapy, and additional assistance before the patient can undergo surgical transition.

Eric Maison was considered a good candidate based on this SOC, Schechter said.

“Much of the [SOC] is designed to make the individuals aware of all the options that are open to them,” he added. “And what are social implications in terms of family, friends, work? It’s to guide them through the process and to aid with their transition, to ensure people are exploring and considering the various options to them.”

As for Les Maison, he is happy Eric Maison has taken the steps to live an authentic life and supports the decision 100 percent.  “If nothing else, it’s made our relationship stronger, it’s made it better,” he said. “The biggest misconception in terms of the question [is], ‘Does this now make me gay?’ No, it doesn’t. Gender is who you go to bed as. Sexual preference, which is completely different, is who you go to bed with. He’s had top surgery. He doesn’t plan to have bottom surgery.

“Even if he did, we made the decision a long time ago that no matter what, we were going to make this work,” Les Maison added. “We decided whatever path was placed before us, we would walk down that path together. The only people that have to be happy, in my opinion, are people in my house and people we care about, and in our close circle of friends and family.”

When asked about his hopes for the future, Les Maison said he wants acceptance for Corey and Eric Maison most of all.  “They have more courage than I do,” he said. “It takes an awful lot to break away from societal norms to live your life as who you are or at least who you identify as. This isn’t a choice that they’re making. This is the way they’re born. The education is important. If you can educate yourself, then all that lack of knowledge becomes knowledge.”

Read the rest of the GLAAD-sponsored/promoted story here.

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Liberal Insanity: ‘Toni the Tampon’ coloring book tells kids men menstruate

Psychosis is a form of insanity, the medical definition of which is:

A thought disorder in which reality testing is grossly impaired. Symptoms can include seeing, hearing, smelling, or tasting things that are not there; paranoia; and delusional thoughts.

Reality testing” refers to “the ability to distinguish internal distortion and fantasy from accurate representation of external events.” Both “grossly impaired reality testing” and “delusional thoughts” refer to the insane individual’s failure to accurately perceive the world as what it is, but instead has a distorted view of reality.

A self-described “genderqueer” named Cass Clemmer is the author of The Adventures of Toni the Tampon: A Period Coloring Booka coloring book for kids which claims men also menstruate. By the medical definition for psychosis, the book’s author is insane.

Published last December by Bloody Queer Publishing and dedicated to “menstrual warriors,” the book is marketed as fun and educational for children, but is nothing other than unscientific propaganda that seeks to poison young minds with utter nonsense.

The book is praised by Planned Parenthood as “the period-themed coloring book we deserve” because the book “smashes” the gender taboo about menstruation.

The book’s blurb on Amazon.com says:

Color in 20 hand drawn pages of Toni’s adventures with friends. Great for all ages, this coloring book is an easy way to start a conversation with young kids about menstruation, and a perfect excuse for adults to have some bloody good fun.

Here’s the description of the book’s author, Cass Clemmer, on Amazon:

Cass is an artist and menstrual health educator who harnesses the power of creativity and humor to shift the conversation around menstruation. Cass grew up as a missionary kid in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a deeply conservative community taught everyone to be ashamed of their periods. Today, Cass is fighting back by sketching tampons, pads, cups, and sponges as a way to educate menstruators of all ages and genders about the magic that is menstruation.

As reported by Christian Post, 2015 American University graduate Cass Clemmer said the coloring book grew out of her project for a gender studies college class:

“I developed a whole character from Toni after I saw some googly-eyes my mom had bought for me and decided to put them on a tampon. From there, the two collided into my period coloring book. Toni is a little genderqueer tampon — kind of like me in tampon form — who just goes by Toni instead of any pronouns.”

In addition to Toni the Tampon, the coloring book features other menstrual characters such as Marina the Menstrual Cup, Sebastian the Sponge and Patrice the Pad. Clemmer explains:

“The rest of the period pals include Patrice and Marina, both of which I use ‘she/her/hers’ pronouns for, and Sebastian who goes by ‘he/him/his’. I know that giving pronouns to menstrual hygiene products isn’t the perfect way to disrupt the notion that periods are for cis-women only, but it’s definitely a start in pushing us to stop using shredded blood and tissue to define someone’s gender for them.”

Clemmer told Mashable that she/he/it (?) deliberately made Toni the Tampon a gender-ambiguous character as a form of representation for genderqueer people:

“I’d rather help just one genderqueer or trans menstruator feel like they were seen, than sell a thousand copies only to reinforce the boundaries society draws by gendering periods in the first place.”

On Amazon, 66% of reviewers gave The Adventures of Toni the Tampon a one-star rating. Here’s a sample:

“Menstruators of all genders” is not scientific at all. Thus it is not a good tool for educating kids.

As any High School Biology teacher can explain–at a level even someone like Cass Clemmer could understand–only females menstruate, and Male and Female are defined by chromosomes, not by delusional neuroses.

[A]s a mother, my 2.5yo daughter is already aware of where babies come from and all about menstruation and both were taught as a happy, positive fact of life. I don’t need some freaky gross coloring book to teach her that. Grow up and stop disgracing our society and women in general. Stuff like this belongs in the trash.

Other reviewers take Clemmer to task for saying men get periods for another reason:

Nothing educational or humorous about such notion. When blood comes out from the male organ, that is a health crisis, not a natural occurrence. Giving false information and idea about prostate cancer is absolutely despicable. No one wants to downplay or give false information about breast cancer. The author, publisher and Amazon should know better.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

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~Eowyn

Trump Derangement Syndrome will continue: ACLU launches nationwide training on protest and resistance

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Gee…I wonder who is financing this?

From ABC News: The American Civil Liberties Union staged a nationwide training event Saturday to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump.

Organizers said the event at a sports arena on the University of Miami campus was livestreamed to locations in all 50 states. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said 200,000 people had signed up to attend one of an estimated 2,000 local events.

The event, staged in town hall style, was aimed at capitalizing on numerous demonstrations since Trump’s election in November and to make sure people know their rights to protest, Romero said. He said priority issues are immigration, the First Amendment free speech and religious freedom rights, civil and reproductive rights and rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people.

“We will bring all the lawsuits necessary to defend these rights,” Romero said. “We’ll do the work in the courts. You do the work in the streets. People are motivated. They want to be engaged.”

The ACLU also launched a new grassroots online organizing platform called PeoplePower.org. It’s billed as a way for people considering a local protest or rally to connect and coordinate with others around the country with similar intentions, and to provide details of ACLU initiatives.

Another plan is creation of “freedom cities” around the country that would encourage local officials to pass laws resisting Trump policies such as stepped-up deportations of people living in the country illegally, said Faiz Shakir, ACLU national political director.

Other parts of Saturday’s event detailed the rules for demonstrations on streets, sidewalks and in public parks, and the rights people have when arrested such as the right to remain silent. ACLU attorney Lee Rowland said large demonstrations generally require a local permit, but government can’t typically shut down protesters in public places without good reason. “The government can’t censor you just because it disagrees with your opinion,” Rowland said.

Also speaking at the event was Padma Lakshmi, an Indian-born cookbook author, actress, model and television host. She said she emigrated to the U.S. at age four and said the nation appears to be retreating from its welcoming ways. “Lately I’ve started to feel like an outsider,” she said. “What makes America great is our culture of inclusion. We must not tolerate the intolerance.

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Two transgender Pakistanis ‘tortured to death’ in Saudi Arabia

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Not allowed in Islam.

Just about what you would expect when Islam demands criminal punishment of LGBT people.

From The Independent UK: Two transgender people were packed in sacks, thrashed with sticks and tortured to death, according to human rights activists. Police allegedly killed 35-year-old Amna, and Meeno, 26, both Pakistanis, after raiding a house in Saudi Arabia and arresting 35 transgender people.

Activists in Pakistan are demanding clarification from Saudi Arabia over the deaths and the 22 people reportedly still in custody. “We want information because right now this is a very confusing situation and many in the transgender community in Saudi Arabia are feeling delicate and scared,” said Qamar Naseem, a feminism and social rights activist from the Blue Veins group, speaking to The Independent.

They are not treated fairly even by criminal law in Saudi Arabia, and it’s not just people from Pakistan, it’s people from different parts of the world. Gender fluid people are treated badly, sometimes flogged, and if someone is arrested on the same law for a second time they can be executed.”

Mr. Naseem said he and TransAction Pakistan president Farzana Jan were told by a transgender contact in Saudi Arabia about the raid.

They were allegedly arrested for cross-dressing and for having same-sex relationships in the capital of Riyadh. Homosexuality is punishable by death while any sex-change surgery is illegal.

Mr. Qamar said the group were hosting a Guru Chela Chalan gathering, a Pakistani ceremony celebrated in the transgender community, in which they choose their ‘guru’ leader. Eleven were reportedly arrested after paying a 150,000 riyals fine (£33,000) while 22 were kept in custody.

He said the two victims, from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in Parkistan, were “kicked and beaten in bags”.

The Travel Agents Association of Pakistan was reportedly told last year not to grant visas to transgender people planning the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia last year insisted the United Nations keeps LGBT rights out of its development goals.

“Amnesty International has been unable to verify this information, but urges the Saudi Arabian authorities to comply with their duty to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into any allegation of torture and extra-judicial executions and bring those suspected of criminal responsibility, including state agents, before ordinary courts in proceedings that meet international standards of fair trial and without the recourse to the death penalty,” said an Amnesty International spokesman.

“The authorities must diligently investigate any possible discriminatory motive in these crimes, including discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.”

The Independent has contacted the House of Saud and Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights for further comment.

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High school changes graduation gown color because of “inclusivity”; sparks walkout and petitions

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Folks getting tired of the “inclusive” agenda messing with traditions.

From ABC NY (SETAUKET, Long Island (WABC) — There is a growing controversy at a high school on Long Island just months before graduation. Some students at Ward Melville in Setauket are taking offense to their school’s decision for boys and girls to wear the same gowns.

It is meant as a way to be more inclusive to students, regardless of gender, but not everyone is onboard with the idea. The new gowns are green and gold, bearing the school’s emblem. They don’t seem controversial, but that depends on who you ask. “This isn’t about gender, this isn’t about transgender,” 17-year-old senior Max Gironda said. “This is about tradition.”

For 50 years, the young men wore green while young women wore gold. But that changed recently. School officials say the intent was to be more progressive and inclusive towards transgender students.

But that change led to a walkout of about 100 students Wednesday. It also ignited a firestorm on social media and online petitions both for and against.

Gironda authored the opposition petition, which garnered almost 900 signatures. His father said one of the issues is that he feels the principal made the decision in secret. “To try to make a couple of people comfortable with their gender identity, he took away the ability for all of the rest of the children to acknowledge their gender identity,” Kevin Gironda said. “He took a way that right.”

Other opponents of the new gowns say that transgender students should feel comfortable, but that the old gowns gave them the right to choose how they identify. And, they add, tradition is important.

“My sister wore gold, my brother wore green,” senior Lauren Egan said. “And there’s a spot for me to have my picture hung on the wall.”

“I accept everyone,” student Brendan Ciullo added. “I think you express yourselves as you want. But I think giving everyone a choice. Wear green or gold is your option. You choose how you express yourself.”

Of course, there’s also the other side. A petition in favor of the new gowns has more than 500 signatures. And some say the new gowns are the best of both worlds.

“I’m married to a woman,” parent Jenifer Nix said. “It’s a not a traditional marriage, but I feel that the choice of color, they’re incorporating both colors, so it’s not a bad thing. It’s all for the best.”

Principal Alan Baum responded in a statement (See his “Cap and Gown Unity Statement” here). “The ceremony will continue to reflect the district’s history of pride and academic excellence as we honor our traditions and student success through this milestone event,” he said.

LGBT advocates, meanwhile, say it’s a positive step forward. “This tradition, the so-called tradition of wearing two different colored gowns, is archaic,” said David Kilmnick, of the New York LGBT Network. “It is way time for it to be over and done.”

Another part of the controversy is that seniors shelled out hundreds of dollars for their pictures months ago, which were taken in their old gowns. Some now say they want to take their pictures over, upset that they’ll graduate in a gown different than their photos.

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Feminist theologian: Jesus may have been a hermaphrodite

A Catholic university in California — the Jesuit Santa Clara University — has invited UK University of Exeter theologian Susannah Cornwall to deliver the Santa Clara Lecture on “Gendered Theologies and the Common Good” on October 12, 2017.

The Santa Clara Lectures are a series of lectures that “brings to campus leading scholars in theology, offering the University community and the general public an ongoing exposure to debate on the most significant issues of our times. Santa Clara University will publish these lectures and distribute them throughout the United States and internationally.”

Cornwall describes herself on her blog as specializing in: “Research and writing in feminist theology, sexuality, gender, embodiment, ethics and other fun things like that.”

Susannah Cornwall, queer theologian

Susannah Cornwall, queer theologian

That a Catholic university invited Dr. Cornwall to deliver any lecture, even less the university’s prestigious Santa Clara Lecture, is reprehensible because Cornwall is known for her peculiar notion that Jesus might have been a hermaphrodite, i.e., with both male and female DNA and genitalia.

As reported by John Bingham for The Telegraph, Cornwall’s claim that it is “simply a best guess” that Jesus was male was published in response to the ongoing debate about women bishops in the Church of England.

In her paper “Intersex & Ontology, A Response to The Church, Women Bishops and Provision”, she argues that it is not possible to know “with any certainty” that Jesus did not suffer from an intersex condition, with both male and female organs, and that the fact that Jesus is not recorded to have had children made his gender status “even more uncertain”. As she put it:

“It is not possible to assert with any degree of certainty that Jesus was male as we now define maleness. There is no way of knowing for sure that Jesus did not have one of the intersex conditions which would give him a body which appeared externally to be unremarkably male, but which might nonetheless have had some ‘hidden’ female physical features.”

In arguing that Jesus might have been a hermaphrodite, Cornwall employs a logical fallacy called “the absence of evidence”. She argues:

“We cannot know for sure that Jesus was male – since we do not have a body to examine and analyse – it can only be that Jesus’ masculine gender role, rather than his male sex, is having to bear the weight of all this authority.”

The absence-of-evidence logical fallacy is when one argues that finding no evidence for something (X) is evidence for the absence of that thing (X). In Cornwall’s case, her logical fallacy is in arguing that the absence of Jesus’ body (for us to examine and analyze) constitutes evidence that he is not a male.

As several Telegraph readers point out, Corwall’s absence of evidence (Jesus’ body) is a ridiculous reason to doubt Jesus’ masculinity:

Baluba Swinarska: “And…we don’t know if he was 10 feet tall, had green hair, and a tail – all because we have no body to examine. Good argument lady.”

Bast Hotep: “There is no forensic evidence to prove that Jesus was not a large, intelligent talking cat either. That doesn’t mean he was one.”

Lev Kalman: “We also don’t know if he was an armadillo, because we have no body.”

Two Telegraph readers demonstrate they have more intelligence in their respective right toe than Dr. Susannah Cornwall has in all of what passes as her brain:

James A: “Her claims cannot be tested. Her hypothesis is unproveable.”

Rogan M: “What a stupid claim to make. ‘It can’t be proved’ does not trump ‘There is no evidence to suggest!’. This is just another radical feminist, as opposed to those real world feminists with aspirations and belief in self worth, to blur the edges of orthodoxy to advance their own contorted and distorted views.”

Keith Kilgore: “How does Dr Cornwall account for Luke 2:21*? Where Jesus was circumcised.”

*Note: In Luke 2:21, it is said: “At the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

~Eowyn