FACT CHECK: Viral News Story About Transgender Baby Is Fabricated

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Instagram claims to show a news story about a couple discovering that their baby is transgender.

Verdict: False

There are no credible news reports to support the claim.

Fact Check:

Yale professor Christy Olezeski provoked online criticism when she mentioned helping individuals as young as three years old with their gender identity, according to Fox News. Olezeski is the director and co-founder of the Yale Pediatric Gender Program at Yale School of Medicine, the New York Post reported.

An image shared on Instagram claims one couple recently discovered their newborn is transgender. The image shows what appears to be a news story with a headline that reads,” “Discovering Our Baby Was Trans Was An Emotional Roller Coaster.”

“When little DeSquarious (gendered birth name) crawled to the blue card we were both a little disappointed,” reads the image’s text. “However, this was best 2 out of 3 so we knew there was still a chance. Then a miracle happened. DeSquarious crawled to the pink card the next 2 times and became LaSquarious Jackson! Our little beautiful baby trans girl is now ready to take on the world! It’s been a long road getting here.”

Included in the post, which has amassed nearly 100 likes, is a photo of the couple holding their purported transgender child.

This story is fake. An internet search reveals no credible news reports with the article’s purported headline. (RELATED: Ilhan Omar Says It’s A ‘Myth’ That Transgender Women Have A ‘Competitive Advantage’ In Powerlifting)

A reverse image search of the featured photo generates articles from The Independent and The Mirror about Liam Johnson and Racquelle Trammell, a transgender couple who paused transitioning in order to have a biological child. Both sources identify the baby as the couple’s “daughter” and make no mention of the child being transgender.

This is not the first time a false claim about transgenderism has circulated on social media. Check Your Fact previously debunked allegations that the Uvalde school shooter was transgender in May.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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