It’s official: Trystan Reese, a transgender man, has given birth to a baby boy with his partner Biff Chaplow. Their son, Leo Murray Chaplow, was born on July 14. The couple, who have been together for seven years, live in Portland, Oregon.
While Leo is the couple’s first biological child, parenting is nothing new for them, as they already have children: They adopted Chaplow’s niece and nephew in 2011. It’s been reported that both Leo and Reese are doing well post-birth.
In general, the couple have been public about their experiences, documenting their parenting journey on their personal website and Facebook page. On Facebook, Reese posted a video back in March explaining his choice to carry a baby as a transgender man, saying:
“I’m OK with my body being a trans body. I’m OK being a man who has a uterus and has the capacity and capability of carrying a baby.”
Reese told CNN that being so outspoken has allowed other people to reach out to them, and have received a lot of support from the online community:
“We find that behind the shroud of anonymity, people feel pretty empowered to tell us what should happen to us, to our children, to our family. The reason why you have a kid is because you want to see more love in the world, and remembering how difficult that’s going to be, it’s hard.”