Trans man who gave birth loses historic court battle to be named his child’s father

Written by on 26/09/2019

Trans dad Freddy McConnell, who gave birth to his child, has lost the right to be named as a father on their birth certificate in a high-stakes and historic court battle.

McConnell, a multimedia journalist who works for the UK paper The Guardian, will not be listed as the father of his child on legal documents.

A judge today ruled against him at a High Court trial in London, England.

His legal team said the courts “failed” McConnell and his family in a declaration that has left McConnell and his supporters stunned.

McConnell is considering appealing the verdict. He took to Twitter afterwards to confirm his appeal and said he was “saddened” by the news.

His lawyers argued that the child would have been the first person born in England and Wales not to legally have a mother if McConnell won his case.

And if he had won, it would have paved the way for trans-inclusive, gender-neutral birth certificates in what advocacy groups argued would better reflect the growing diversity of families in the UK.

The verdict “highlights how the law is slow to keep up to modern society”, says lawyer.

McConnell, hours after the verdict was read, said on Twitter that he’s worried about the implications the case will have on families in the UK.

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