British trans couple Jake and Hannah Graf have become parents to a baby girl born via surrogacy, they announced on Twitter yesterday (16 April).
The pair – both trans activists who have faced sustained attacks against their identities and plans to start a family – announced in December that they were expecting their first child.
The due date was 12 April (Sunday), but their daughter arrived on Tuesday at 5:30am. The baby’s name is yet to be shared.
— Jake Graf (@JakeGraf1) April 16, 2020
Jake, an actor and filmmaker as well as activist, tweeted: “She’s here! Our amazing surrogate brought our daughter into the world at 5:30am Tuesday morning.
“We couldn’t be happier nor more grateful.”
Hannah, a former army officer, also tweeted the news, saying that both the surrogate mother and baby are doing well and that the couple are “in love”.
— Hannah Graf MBE (@hannahw253) April 16, 2020
The baby girl was conceived using one of Jake’s eggs which were frozen prior to his gender-affirmation surgery.
Despite facing a backlash for their plans to start a family from some people, they said their families had been “entirely supportive and loving” since they’d first spoken about it two years ago.
Hannah was the highest-ranking trans officer in the British Army until she left in 2018, the year she and Jake got married in London.