Trans man was denied child benefits for the child he bore

A new born baby takes the finger of his mother after the delivery, on September 17, 2013 at the Lens hospital, northern France. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

A transgender father is being denied child benefit because he wanted to be identified in the child’s birth certificate as father. The man is a single parent and he gave birth to the child, so the officials demanded to be signed as a mother, which is disrespectful to his transgender identity, from the legal point of view he was a man already when the child was born. No birth certificate has been issued while the legal challenge is processed, but the family have been told that without the paperwork they are not eligible to claim child benefit. The case will not be heard fully for several months. The baby has been issued a passport and is a British citizen, but no birth certificate has been issued. f the man’s legal challenge is successful, the government may have to change the law to comply. There have been several transgender men who have gone public over their decisions to have children, but the court heard that in other cases it was standard for the men to be listed on birth certificates as the child’s mother.


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