Trystan Reese, a transgender man who gave birth to a son in 2017, says a change in language signals a positive shift toward inclusivity.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Reese and his partner, Biff, adopted two kids, Hailey and Lucas, in 2016. The following year, Reese gave birth to his son, Leo. "Families like mine, like ours – transgender families, LGBT families – we want the same things that everyone else does," Reese said.
Laws have only recently started to include gender-neutral language, Reese said. Several state bills enacted in 2019 use gender-neutral language. And the pandemic has spurred some states to take a critical look at health care-related laws and update terminology, Reese said.
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