To help him win custody of his daughters, who are now living with their mother, an Ecuadorian man changed his gender.
The 47-year-old René Salinas Ramos is involved in legal battles over his kids’ custody.
Ramos claimed that when it comes to child custody disputes, the laws in his nation favour moms over fathers, according to the Ecuadorian news outlet La Voz del Tomebamba. So he made the decision to alter his gender legally.
His official documents now lists his gender identity as “FEMENINO” (female).
Ramos alleged that his daughters were living in an abusive environment with their mother. He said that he hasn’t met them in over five months.
“The laws say that the one who has the right is the woman. As of this moment, I am female. Now I’m also a mom, that’s how I consider myself,” Ramos told local media.
He added, “I am very sure of my sexuality. What I have sought is that I want to be a mother, so that I can also give the love and protection of a mother.”
“Being a father in this country, Ecuador, is punished and looked at only as a provider,” he argued.
After he presented his arguments before the Cantonal Board for the Protection of Rights, he was told that his daughter will remain with their mother until the matter is resolved.
Ramos’s decision to change his gender to get custody of his children has upset the trans activists in the country.
Ramos, who expected the backlash, said that his action “is not against a person, not to harm anyone, but rather to fight against this system that has stigmatized the fact of being born a man.”