September 4, 2016
If you can’t see the beauty in this, you’re dead inside.
Isn’t nature wonderful? Two people unite together to create new life.
There’s just one little problem.
It’s awfully transphobic. I mean, what if you don’t identify as a woman, and took massive amounts of prescription drugs to alter you biology? What if that prevents you from having children?
WTF, nature! It’s 2016!
Luckily, modern science comes to the rescue.
My brother Evan was born female. He came out as transgender 16 years ago but never stopped wanting to have a baby. This spring he gave birth to his first child.
Excuse me, my good Merchant – where can i get off this train?
My brother Evan, 35, is a stocky guy of medium height with a trimmed, fuzzy blond beard and two gem studs in each earlobe. He usually wears a Red Sox hat, and when he’s nervous, he’ll remove it and obsessively bend the rim. But on that September afternoon, both of his hands were clutching his phone, the right one cupping the left for privacy. “Hello?”
“This is Dr. Kowalik,” said the voice. The identification was unnecessary. Ania Kowalik is a reproductive endocrinologist at a clinic called Fertility Solutions in Dedham, Mass.
I mean, let’s be honest here. Who wouldn’t want such a brave woman/man/thing as a parent?
She was brief: Evan was pregnant. Kowalik told him he had low levels of progesterone, a hormone that helps maintain a healthy pregnancy, and prescribed some pills for him to start taking right away. “Congratulations,” she said after a pause. “This is a good start.”
It’s a good start for a horror movie.
I’d have no reason to tell you about this moment in my brother’s life were it not for the fact of his gender. Now that gay marriage is legal, the social battleground has shifted to new frontiers, frontiers that include the most private aspects of people’s lives. Transgender Americans have gained greater visibility and acceptance as stars like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox have trained a pop-culture spotlight on trans issues. Corporate leaders across the Fortune 500 have moved to protect their transgender employees. And in May, the Obama Administration declared that all public schools must treat students equally regardless of their gender identity, classifying inner feelings of maleness and femaleness as protected by the government. We have come to the point where the President of the United States can candidly and comfortably discuss gender fluidity.
This is the future you want? Degenerates pumping themselves full of hormones to fulfill normal biological functions, and subjecting their kids to blood-curdling psychological abuse in order to transmit their sick delusions?
There is no bog great enough to contain all this filth.
This is your home now.