Meghan Markle may raise child with ‘fluid approach to gender’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in 2017

At last week’s baby shower, Meghan Markle revealed that she is having a baby boy. However, it is alleged that she will not be imposing gender stereotypes on her child.

‘Fluid’ approach to gender

According to Vanity Fair, Markle confided in at least one of her friends that despite the sex assigned to her child, she will be raising Baby Sussex without gender roles. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex already planned a gender-neutral nursery, opting for whites and greys instead of blues.

‘Meghan has been talking to some of her friends about the birth and how she and Harry plan to raise their baby. Her exact word was fluid,’ a source close to Markle told Vanity Fair.

‘She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes.’

However, it is unclear exactly what this ‘fluid’ approach entails. Kate Hudson, for instance, announced back in January that she is raising her baby with a gender-neutral approach as well. Yet, these approaches void of gender stereotypes are a bit different from other approaches, where parents use gender-neutral pronouns for the children and don’t inform others of the child’s assigned sex.

Backlash

Not everyone was happy about this potential news out of Kensington Palace, though. Many online called the gender fluid approach ‘irresponsible,’ ‘absurd,’ and ‘against biology.’

Responding to criticism, Kensington Palace released a rare statement. In it, officials claim Vanity Fair’s story about Markle’s potential gender fluid approach to parenting is ‘totally false.’

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Trans non-binary couple announce pregnancy with the sweetest picture

Jay and Reuben showing an ultrasound scan of their baby.

British trans non-binary couple have finally fulfilled their dream to become parents.

Reuben and Jay had started a GoFundMe in April 2018 to raise the necessary funds to pay for the treatment.

After undergoing two IUI (intrauterine insemination) attempts, they announced Reuben is pregnant on 21 February.

‘So… We’ve been keeping a little secret’ Jay tweeted.

‘IUI round 2 was a huge success! My boyfriend is pregnant!’ they also added.

They also shared a closeup of their baby.

‘Already getting their selfie game strong, just look at that profile!’ they wrote.

The fertility fundraiser

The couple also thanked those who contributed to their fundraiser.

‘Would like to take this chance to thank anyone who’s RT’d, contributed to or shared our fertility fundraiser,’ Jay wrote in a tweet.

‘I honestly don’t know how we could have pulled this off without the support we got, financially and emotionally. Can’t begin to put it into words. We’re just so grateful.’

The fertility journey of a trans couple

Reuben and Jay set the GoFundMe page on 5 April 2018.

They shed a light on the obstacles a trans couple have to face along their journey to become parents.

‘We are both trans/non-binary trans and don’t have a drop of sperm between us! However, we have found a donor from within the Brighton trans community who has amazingly and kindly offered to help with this.’

‘I have always wanted to become a parent, and initially believed that I would do this through adoption. However, I realised that due to my circumstances and the difficult nature of the adoption process this option is sadly not available to me,’ Reuben wrote.

‘As a queer couple, we have come across many barriers to the fertility treatment that we require to conceive our baby!

‘Most frustratingly, the type of help that we are looking for would be available for us for free if either of us were assigned male at birth and had viable sperm!’

Despite difficulties, their second IUI attempt was successful and the couple is now expecting a baby, to whom they refer using they/them pronouns.

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Non-gender specific birth certificates to be used for same-sex couples in Ireland

A mother and son

Same-sex parents in Ireland will be able to list themselves as ‘parent’ on their child’s birth certificate.

This amendment to the law is designed to accommodate to same-sex couples, allowing both partners to register on their child’s birth certificate.

Under the current system, birth certificates only include the categories ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’.

Birth certificates for donor-assisted children born to same-sex couples currently only allow one mother to be listed.

‘Introduced as soon as possible’

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said that allowing to the option of ‘parent’ would resolve such issues, saying implementing the bill would be prioritized.

‘While the changes proposed will affect a relatively small number of people, they touch on matters that are very sensitive and of great importance to those families affected,’ Doherty said.

‘I have met with and spoken to many affected by this issue and I am now very pleased to be able to bring these changes forward as a priority to ensure that they can be introduced as soon as possible.’

The case had been raised in the Dáil (the Lower House of the Irish parliament) last year, according to TheJournal.ie.

Politician Richard Boyd Barrett said that a pregnant woman had contacted him with concerns about her wife not being able to register on their child’s birth certificate.

The completed bill will go before the Houses of the Oireachtas in the spring.

Increase in LGBTI rights in Ireland

Ireland has seen a vast increase in LGBTI rights over past years, including the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.

In 2016, the Irish government published a bill which allows same-sex partners to adopt, which was signed into law the following year.

Politicians in the country have also become increasingly vocal in support LGBTI rights.

In August 2018, Ireland’s former president and ardent LGBTI rights supporter Mary McAleese condemned the Catholic Church for its ’emotional torture’ of LGBTI youths.

In the same month, Ireland’s Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar, lambasted the Catholic Church for its child abuse scandal during a visit by the pope.

Varadkar is Ireland’s first openly gay leader.

Author: Calum Stuart

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