World Japanese trans woman denied status as parent of own child

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A Japanese court has ruled that a child born after a transgender woman went through her surgical and legal transition should not be recognised legally as her child, according to local media.

Japan requires that anyone who wants to legally change their gender have surgery to remove the sexual organs they were born with, a practice sharply criticised by human rights groups.

The trans woman, who was assigned male at birth, had two daughters with her female partner using sperm preserved before her transition, the public broadcaster NHK and the Kyodo news agency reported.

Four years ago she was legally permitted to change her gender on her family register, the reports said.


On why the decision was made:

/u/PaxNova said:
Notably, Japan does not recognize same-sex marriage. In this case, the biological father of the baby stored his (now officially her) sperm, then had her operation. Then, she got into a relationship with another woman. That woman is officially the mother, but there is no legal mechanism in Japan for a second mother and no father to be listed on birth certificates.

I'm not sure, but it sounds like there's no opportunity for her to be listed as the father, either, as she's legally not a man. There's a hole in Japanese law for transsexual gay births.
 
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