A transgender father who breastfeeds his baby boy after giving birth to him has responded to those who have called him a “lesser man” for carrying and nursing his child.
Tanius Posey, 31, who was born female, said he always had the feeling that “something was off” but “never knew exactly what it was.”
He realized six years ago, with the help of a transgender coworker, that he wanted to be male, and he immediately began medically transitioning, according to the Daily Mail.
Tanius was taken aback when he found out he was pregnant in the spring of 2021. Tanius enjoys being a transgender parent, also known as a “seahorse dad” because male seahorses carry their offspring. Za’nius, his one-year-old son, was born in early 2022.
The 31-year-old has chronicled his journey on TikTok, where he has amassed over 928,000 followers and 10 million likes across his videos.
It has, however, sparked a flurry of negative comments from trolls, some of whom have said he “doesn’t belong on this planet” and others who have claimed his son will “die” because he is consuming breastmilk produced by Tanius while taking hormones, according to the Daily Mail.
He recently responded to the criticism during an interview with Truly, while encouraging other seahorse dads to ‘utilize what they’ve got’ without feeling any shame.
“I’ve got the parts to [breastfeed]. Just because I transitioned does not mean I stripped myself from wanting to give my child nutrients,” he said.
‘”I’ve got it, why not utilize what I’ve got? My child has to eat. I can’t sit there and starve him. He’s gotta eat, and he doesn’t take a bottle, so I’ve got to feed him.”