A 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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