Man legally changes his gender to win custody of daughters, says 'I'm a mom now'

Man legally changes his gender to win custody of daughters, says 'I'm a mom now'

An Ecuadorian man has changed his gender to help him win the custody of his daughters. His official documents now lists his new gender identity as "FEMENINO."

An Ecuadorian man has changed his gender to help him win the custody of his daughters.

René Salinas Ramos, 47, is facing the legal proceedings for the custody of his daughters who currently live with their mother.

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Ramos told Ecuadorian news outlet La Voz del Tomebamba that the laws in his country favour mothers over fathers when it comes to children's custody battles.

So, he decided to legally change his gender. His official documents now lists his new gender identity as "FEMENINO."

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 the custody of his children has upset the trans activists in the country.

Diane Rodríguez, the director of the Ecuadorian Federation of LGBTI Organizations, told VICE News, "This man’s private matter, to obtain custody of his daughters, isn’t the spirit of the law."

"We are afraid that in the Assembly things will go backwards and they will start legislating against us," she added.

Rodríguez’s organization also released a statement, saying, "Although the optional gender change and sex change in the identity card of trans people is now a reality, it is important to indicate that the norm is not fully complied with."

The statement added, "We are surprised that a visibly cisgender man has passed with apparent ease the optional gender change in the ID, even when we have denounced that in the same city of Cuenca there have been problems for the recognition of gender and sex of Trans people."

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."

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