A transgender man announced that he had stopped his testosterone hormone therapy so he could start a family with his husband.
36-year-old lawyer Bennett Kaspar-Williams was assigned female at birth, and lived as a “butch lesbian” before coming out as a non-binary transgender – identifying as neither completely female or male, but more masculine, than feminine.
He began his hormone treatment in 2014, and fell in love with interior designer Malik Kaspar-Williams in the summer of 2017.
The Los Angeles couple decided to start a family, which prompted Bennett come off his hormone treatment and got pregnant in February 2020.
Bennett could not wait to break the news to his mother, Lori Kaspar, sharing, “She was shocked, but very excited.”
“I spent most of my adult life identifying as a butch lesbian, so when I told my mum I was non-binary trans person, I do remember her struggling to grasp what it really meant at first,” he added.
“But, by the time she saw me the following spring she got it. By then I’d really started to become more muscular and had a full-on beard. Bless her, she’s always taken my coming out in her stride. I’ve come out three times to her. Once as a lesbian, once as trans and once as a gay man.”
Bennett, who now calls himself a “seahorse dad”, since male seahorses are the ones giving birth, is recording his pregnancy in Instagram and is due on November 5.
“In a way, because of lockdown and social distancing, I’ve avoided a lot of uncomfortable situations,” he said about his pregnancy, “No one has questioned whether I’m male or female, pregnant or not. Any announcements to friends and family have been over video calls and via text messages.”
“But the pregnancy itself has been pretty normal, there have been no complications.”