Glamour’s British edition is featuring a pregnant transgender man, Logan Brown, on the cover of its digital June Pride issue.
Brown, who was interviewed and photographed shortly before giving birth to a daughter, appears on the Glamour UK cover exposing his pregnant belly in a shot that the magazine calls “reminiscent of Demi Moore’s Vanity Fair cover by Annie Leibowitz in 1992.”
Brown is partnered with Bailey J. Mills, a nonbinary drag performer and TikTok star. He says he became pregnant accidentally while going off testosterone for a time for health reasons.
“It was like my whole world just stopped” when he took a pregnancy test and the result was positive, he told the magazine. “That everything, all my manlihood that I’ve worked hard for, for so long, just completely felt like it was erased.”
But eventually he came to terms with the development. “I had to get to the point of being confident with who I am and being a pregnant man,” he said. “I’ve started educating people on it. I realised I didn’t want the thought of having to get rid of the baby when it was happening inside my body; it was a really, really weird feeling. And I kind of got connected to that, and I was like, ‘I’m never gonna get this opportunity again’ to — as a queer couple — have a baby that’s biologically both ours. Which is really special to me, and eventually, something just clicked.”
“I’ve been brought up in a very close-knit family, and so to bring a baby into the world in a queer relationship is the best feeling ever,” Brown added. “I feel like we’ll be able to love and appreciate each other, and my daughter will be able to grow up knowing that she’ll always be loved and accepted for whoever she is. And I think that’s a really important thing for her to be around.” His and Mills’s daughter, Nova Mills Brown, was born May 17.
An introduction on the Glamour UK website reads, “GLAMOUR’s Pride issue celebrates the allyship that exists between women (cisgender or not) and transgender people through our shared experiences — in particular pregnancy, healthcare and childbirth — something that is not often talked about with regard to the transgender community.”
“When we first met Logan and heard his incredible story, we were blown away by his strength and courage. We knew he would be the perfect cover star for our June Pride issue, as a shining example of empowerment, inclusivity and equality,” Deborah Joseph, Glamour’s European editorial director, said in a press release. “Logan and his partner Bailey bringing their beautiful baby into the world is a story of love and acceptance; things that we are sadly often reminded that the world could use a little more of. We’re delighted to share these images and Logan’s words with the world today, and wish them the most happiness as a new family.”
Brown discussed his pregnancy on TikTok, and the videos met with some hate, including comments that “men can’t get pregnant,” and a well-known Instagram user, whose name Brown did not reveal, instigated a campaign of harassment on that platform. Now that Brown’s story is out in Glamour UK, some more people are expressing outrage, including U.K. TV host Piers Morgan, who tweeted, “Logan’s a biological female who got pregnant, as hundreds of millions of biological females do each year... why are you presenting this as a man getting pregnant which is biologically impossible?”
But ultimately, Brown has seen “more love than hate,” he told Glamour UK. “Especially in the queer community, but also from cisgender straight people that were messaging me, going, ‘I never even thought about this.’ It’s not my job to educate people, but because I’m so passionate about existing and trans people, I feel like I need to get my story out there. And it’s a positive story.”
Brown’s print interview is online now, along with a video interview and an open letter to his daughter, in which he says, “You have already taught me so much and I promise you this … I have never loved someone so much in my life. You are truly — and always will be — a miracle.”
Brown also plans to share his story further. He is in the process of writing a book for children, My Daddy’s Belly, plus an autobiography.
And he makes clear in the interview: “I am a trans pregnant man and I do exist, so no matter what anyone says, I literally am living proof.”
Read the full interview in the GLAMOUR UK June digital issue online now.