Over the last year I have been working on the largest international study of conception, pregnancy and childbirth among trans men and non-binary people: the Trans Pregnancy project. We have now undertaken fifty interviews with trans and non-binary people about their experiences in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, the UK and US, plus further interviews and focus groups with young people and healthcare professionals.
In this post, I share a new peer-reviewed commentary and podcast from the project.
Article: Beyond the pregnant man: trans pregnancy in A Deal With The Universe
Our first published academic article is now available in the journal Feminist Media Studies, authored by myself with my colleague Francis Ray White. This is a short commentary on the representation of trans pregnancy in the media, centring on a review of Jason Barker’s autobiographical film A Deal With The Universe.
If you do not have access to this journal through an institutional login (e.g. through a library) or personal subscription, I have uploaded an “open access” version of the article to this website. Click here to read the article for free.
Podcast: Making Space for Trans Pregnancy
In November 2018, Francis and I presented initial findings from the project at the Gendered Intelligence Transforming Spaces conference in London, UK.
This presentation was recorded, and is now available as part of the Transforming Spaces podcast series.
Topics under discussion include:
- cultural amnesia around trans pregnancy
- contradictions in UK law and policy
- the importance of trans “possibility models”
- the myth of testosterone and infertility
- gendering in pregnancy
- trans birth parents in international guidelines
There is a lot more to come! Over the next few months, we will be undertaking our final interviews and focus groups, conducting an in-depth analysis of these, and publishing a law and policy report focusing on the European Union.
Early next year we will discuss our research findings in a report and free conference. We are also planning to write many more academic articles on a range of topics, which will be published gradually over the next few years.
We are hugely grateful for everyone who has shared their story with us so far – thanks to your contributions, we have an enormous amount of material to work with. We very much look forward to sharing more of our work with you.
This post is based on material originally written for the Trans Pregnancy website.
You can also follow our research through the Trans Pregnancy Twitter account.