A southeast Portland, Oregon transgender man and his husband are celebrating the arrival of their new child. Trystan Reese gave birth to Leo two weeks ago. Reese carried him for nine months after experiencing a miscarriage the last time he tried getting pregnant. This time, everything worked.
"I would say it's unique. I understand that people are not used to two men having a biological child between the two of them. So, we know it's unique."
“The moment he was born was just, like, a pure moment of bliss, like, the happiest moment of my life. To see the very beginning of Leo, of his life, was just, like, amazing.”
Reese says things have definitely changed. He used to be a pregnant man; now, he’s just a regular dad. A year into their relationship, the couple became parents to Chaplow’s niece, Hailey, and nephew, Riley. Now seven years later, they have their own baby.
Reese was born a female. He started taking hormones almost a decade ago but stopped when he got pregnant. “Every doctor that we spoke with said, 'Absolutely, this is possible; absolutely, this is a safe and healthy medical decision to make,’” said Reese. “We know it's not traditional, but we hope that people will see that this is just another way how love shows up in the world.”
It’s something they didn’t think was possible. The couple experienced a miscarriage six months prior to conceiving their son. They thought they missed their chance, but now believe everything happened for a reason.
"I have really loved this process. I love going through a similar thing my sister did, my mom did, and it has helped me feel connected to them that I wouldn't have otherwise.”
The couple says their families and friends are in complete support of their decision, but they've experienced some negative comments from strangers online. Hailey and Riley understand this isn't the norm, but are excited to have a baby brother. To them, this is normal and their family priorities haven't changed.
“We are a dedicated couple; we are dedicated to each other; we are dedicated to our kids, and we plan on being as dedicated to our baby,” said Reese.
Our Portland Affiliate KATU contributed to this story.