Freddy McConnell is a trans man that lost a Supreme Court case in the UK to be noted as ‘Father’ or ‘Parent’ on his son’s birth certificate.
Freddy fell pregnant back in 2018 and give birth to his son Jack. He was legally registered as a man at the time, as he has been taking testosterone since 2014. He had also undergone top surgery before the pregnancy.
Freddy’s store was featured in a BBC documentary named Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth. He wanted to be named as Jack’s father on the birth certificate, and he took it to the family division of the High Court to argue that being named as the child’s mom goes against his human right to respect for private and family life. However, it was ruled by a judge that under English common law, the definition of a mother is about being pregnant and giving birth, regardless if the person is a man or a woman.
According to Sir Andrew McFarlane, there’s ‘a material difference between a person’s gender and their status as a parent’.
Three Court of Appeal judges dismissed Freddy’s case earlier this year, saying that it involved a complex ‘interlinked’ legislation and any reform of the law will have to be handled in parliament.
According to a spokesperson for the High Court, Freddy did not raise ‘an arguable point of law’ which ‘ought to be considered’, therefore he was refused permission to mount a challenge.
LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall has since stated that the Supreme Court Justices ‘missed an opportunity to progress equality’.
If Freddy succeeded in his legal challenge, his son Jack would have been the first person born in England to not legally have a mother.
Freddy openly spoke about his childbirth in the BBC film, and you can watch the trailer of the film for yourself below.