Kerala Transman Announced Pregnancy

A transgender couple from Kerala's Kozhikode, Ziya and Zahad, is expecting their first baby in March.

21 year old Ziya Paval was born a man and changed into a woman and 23 year old Zahad was born a woman and transformed into a man. Ziya is a dancer and Zahad is an accountant. Both of them left their families during their early adulthood after their families became aware about their transgender identities. 

Ziya and Zahad met and fell in love. They have been living together for 3 years now. Both have undergone hormone therapy as part of their transitioning process. They live in Kerala’s Kozhikode. Ziya said, "Though I was not a woman by birth or by my body, I had the feminine dream inside me to hear a baby calling me 'mother'....It has been three years since we are together. Like my dream of becoming a mother, he (Zahad) has a dream of becoming a father. Zahad at the time was taking hormone therapy and was in the process of removing his breasts. Zahad decided to carry the baby in his womb and stop the hormone therapy. Zahad is now 8 months pregant and is due in march.” Local media reports suggest the couple earlier planned to adopt a baby and enquired about the process. But the legal proceedings were challenging for them as they are a transgender couple.

Zahad conceived the baby from Ziya as his transition process from a woman into a man was stalled for the baby and his uterus and some other organs were not removed. He will soon be the first transman father in India to give birth through conception. Their couple photoshoot announcing the pregnancy on social media went viral and garnered a lot of attention. Ziya has thanked her family and the doctors for their support. Zahhad will continue his journey to becoming a man after giving birth to a baby next month. The couple hope to feed the baby from the breast milk bank at the medical college. The Instagram post has garnered thousands of likes and comments with people congratulating the couple. Internet users wished them luck for their future and flooded the comment section with their messages and heart emojis.