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Transgender Adoptive Parent Featured on Oxygen Documentary Series

Transgender Adoptive Parent Featured on Oxygen Documentary Series


The series views the adoption process from the perspective of the birth mother, and features one confident about giving her child to a transgender man and his wife.

I'm Having Their Baby, a new documentary series on Oxygen, chronicles the adoption process from the perspective of pregnant women. The show's latest episode profiles Sydney, a 22-year-old woman in Portland, Ore., who is giving her baby girl to married couple Tinujei ("T") and Jesse, who is a transgender man.

"I realize that placing my child with a transgender parent could be controversial," Sydney says in the show, "but the truth is that he's just as capable of raising a child as anyone I know."

Sydney chose the couple from several contenders, which included a straight couple, a gay couple, and the adoptive parents. T and Jesse, both in their 30s and married for eight years, were in Sydney's hospital room for the birth of their daughter, Greta Miyo.

"Most people wouldn't consider a trans parent adoption," says Jesse. "But Sydney -- she was so amazing in how she saw it as an asset. Every single second of this process with her has been pretty incredible."

"I could not have asked for a better couple," Sydney says in a video diary posted on Oxygen's website. "I don't want to imagine being in a world where they don't have kids. That's heartbreaking to me."

Despite occasional problematic language -- as when Sydney and her friends refer to Jesse as "a transgender" rather than as a transgender man or a trans person, the program is overall supportive of T and Jesse as fit parents. Sydney in particular seems confident in her selection of T and Jesse as adoptive parents, and she frames the process as a surrogacy and a "gift" she can give to two loving parents who couldn't have children on their own.

Jesse and T maintain contact with Sydney, who provided breast milk and visits Greta weekly.

The full episode is available online at Hulu and

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