Freddy McConnell Biography, Freddy McConnell Wiki
Freddy Reuben McConnell is an English multimedia journalist. His journey to give birth as a trans man is detailed in the 2019 documentary Seahorse that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary was directed by Jeanie Finlay.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Born: 1986 (age 34 years)
- Education: The University of Edinburgh
- Guardian journalist wants to be registered as father or parent
- The judge ruled against him, after High Court trial in London, but he launched an appeal
- Rejected judge’s conclusion people who had given birth were legally mothers
McConnell is from Deal, Kent and is a multimedia journalist for The Guardian. He has a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Arabic from the University of Edinburgh. He studied Arabic at a summer school at Middlebury College in the US in 2012, and worked for an NGO in Kabul, Afghanistan for six months during 2011, transitioning in public while there.
Since childhood, McConnell experienced gender dysphoria. In 2010, at the age of 23, McConnell realized he was trans. He chose the names, Freddy and Reuben, after family members who lived in the 19th century. He began testosterone treatment in April 2014 and underwent top surgery a year later in Florida. He elected not to have a hysterectomy because of his possible interest in having children. He described his experience of transitioning in a series titled Self-made man during 2014-15. McConnell gave birth to a son in 2018. In September 2019, McConnell lost a High Court application to be described as a father or parent on his child’s birth certificate. Reports suggest that English common law requires those that give birth to be described as a mother on the child’s birth certificate. Four British newspaper publishers, Telegraph Media Group, Associated Newspapers, News Group Newspapers and Reach PLC, successfully applied to have an anonymity order affecting the case removed in July 2019.
Freddy McConnell Career
Freddy McConnell Fight
The legal dispute began when McConnell went to register his child’s birth and the registrar insisted he be recorded as “mother”. His journey to parenthood was captured in a feature film, Seahorse. He said he was “saddened” by the decision which he said had “serious implications for non-traditional family structures”.
McConnell started testosterone treatment in April 2013 and underwent chest reshaping surgery in Florida. In 2016, he sought advice from a fertility clinic about becoming pregnant. His hormone treatment was suspended, which had the effect of reversing some of the gender reassignment process. He became pregnant in 2017 using sperm from a donor.
A judge ruled against him, after a High Court trial in London, but he has launched an appeal. Three appeal judges are now considering the case.
Freddy McConnell is fighting a decision made by a High Court judge last year that a person who carries and gives birth to a baby is legally a mother.
Mr McConnell, a single parent from Kent, lives as a man following surgery, having been assigned female at birth.
Three Appeal Court judges sitting in London are considering the case.
Mr McConnell, a journalist at the Guardian, had been biologically able to get pregnant and give birth but had legally become a man when the child was born.
He accused the General Register Office, which administers the registration of births and deaths in England and Wales, of discrimination.
A registrar told him that the law required people who had given birth to be registered as mothers.