A ᴛʀᴀɴsɢᴇɴᴅᴇʀ man who became a father for the third time decided to share some photos of his birth to show that they too can live this experience and break down barriers for the L.G.B.T+ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ. Yuval Topper-Erez was in the middle of his fourth ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ when he decided to treat himself to something he had always loved: taking pictures of births. But the England-based ᴛʀᴀɴsɢᴇɴᴅᴇʀ dad had planned to keep the photos between himself and his family. Instead, he shared them with the world, and they are already making an impact.
The father wrote on his Instagram account that he has always loved birthing photoshoots, so he decided to make one for himself. He said: “At first I thought that they were only going to serve as a loving memory for me and perhaps for my son, but when I saw the result, I felt that I needed to share them because they represent very well two causes that I carry in my ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ: the ɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ of home births and the ɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ of ᴛʀᴀɴs or ɴᴏɴ-ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ people ɢɪᴠɪɴɢ ʙɪʀᴛʜ.”
Yuval also confessed that this was his fourth ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, but the previous ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, unfortunately, ended in a ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ that left him with many mixed feelings. He noted: “It was a difficult wait, physically and emotionally.” This was also one of the reasons why he first preferred to share his photos and his joy with his closest circle. He added: “I hope that, among other things, this album will inspire those who help ɢɪᴠᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ and future ‘ʜɪᴘᴘᴏᴄᴀᴍᴘᴜs’ parents (that is, ɢᴇsᴛᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴛʀᴀɴs parents).” Similarly, he stressed that he is not the first to live this experience, but unfortunately, there are not enough men who have decided to share their experiences, due to ᴛᴀʙᴏᴏs and ᴅɪsᴄʀɪᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.
Topper Erez said that another thing that made him publish his images, despite the fact that it is a past event, is that things for the L.G.B.T+ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ are still very difficult in some countries. He said: “I know how important it would have been for me to see photographs like these before my first ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ, and I know the great impact it continues to have to see portraits of other ᴛʀᴀɴs or ɴᴏɴ-ʙɪɴᴀʀʏ colleagues receiving their children these days.”
He asserted: “These photos are my way of saying that we have the right to exist, to make decisions, to love and to be respected.” His photos quickly went viral, and the proud father received dozens of comments from people congratulating him on his enormous courage to speak about a topic that, for a long time, remained in the shadows, such as ᴛʀᴀɴs parenting. And not only demonstrate that it exists, but also that they also have the right to enjoy it publicly.