A man recently changed his gender legally to win the custody of his daughter. The Ecuadorian man named René Salinas Ramos has been creating buzz on the internet since he changed his gender to win custody.
The 47-year-old man was facing legal proceedings for the custody of his daughters, who are currently in their mother’s care.
In a conversation with a local news outlet, La Voz del Tomebamba, Ramos shared that the legal system in their country favours women over men in cases of custody of the children after a separation.
In order to counter the legal battle against the mother, Ramos decided to legally change his gender, and now he is branded as “FEMENINO” in all legal identification documents.
Ramos also claimed that his daughters had been suffering in an abusive environment at home with their mother. He also revealed that he had not met them in over five months.
Ramos told the media, “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.” He continued, “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.”
In 1998, Ecuador Became The First Country To Ban Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation
According to him, Ecuadorian society has strict views on gender roles: “Being a father in this country, Ecuador, is punished and looked at only as a provider.” However, after presenting his case to the Cantonal Board for the Protection of Rights, he was told that the girls would remain with their mother until the case was resolved.
The LGBTQIA community of Ecuador is worried the actions of one man will bring a setback to the growth the queer community has made in the country. In a talk with VICE, Diane Rodríguez the director of the Ecuadorian Federation of LGBTI Organizations said, “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.”