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Aydian Dowling and his wife Jenilee have welcomed their first child into the world.

The model and activist, who was the first trans man to appear on the cover of both Men’s Health and Gay Times, took to social media to announce the exciting news that his son, named Antler, had been born on 1 November.

“My life is forever changed because of you,” he wrote, before sharing some emotional words about becoming a father.

“I promise to love you more than I’ve ever loved before. I promise to show you what it is to be a kind and loving human. I promise to be the example so you can learn not from just my words but from my actions.

“I promise to show you my fears and my weakness so you may know what true strength looks like. I promise to never let you go.”

Aydian explained that he and Jenilee chose the name Antler because deer had been shown to them “throughout [their] entire pregnancy journey” and because the antler symbolises “the cycle of death and rebirth” among other things.

“Since Jenilee and I have been together we have been reborn many times. We together have been through death, great change, disappointment, happiness and now birth,” he wrote.

“The deer shown to us reminds us to trust that no matter how dark things can get, the sun will always come back to shine.”

He also said that Antler’s middle name, Joseph, is a “tribute” to Jenilee’s father, who died during the first year of their relationship.

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????Antler Joseph Dowling November 1, 2018 8lbs 12oz • Deer have been shown to us throughout our entire pregnancy journey- from before conception until the day Antler was born. • The antler has long been tied to the annual death and resurrection of the sun. The antlered stag represents wisdom, nobility, protection, and the cycle of death and rebirth. • Since Jenilee and I have been together we have been reborn many times. We together have been through death, great change, disappointment, happiness, and now birth. The deer shown to us reminds us to trust that no matter how dark things can get, the sun will always come back to shine. • The name Joseph is a tribute to the life of Jenilee’s Father who passed away within the first year of our relationship. • Welcome our little one to this beautiful rainbow family ???? We have felt so supported from our community and we Thank you ALL for your continued love and support! • • • • #antlerbaby #antler #newborn #rainbowbaby #lgbtqaifamily #lgbtfamily #firstborn #fatherhood #father #dad #daddy #transdad #transdaddy #ftm #transgender #trans #aydiandowling #positivity #positivevibes #radicaloptimism

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I got the whole world in my hands ???? • I am not going to lie it’s been challenging since the birth of our little Antler- From learning how to assist Jenilee with breast-feeding- Waking up every few hours throughout the night- Making sure everyone’s basic needs are met, including my own- To really believing that I can do this, I can be a good father- • It’s all fades away when my little baby looks me in the eyes ???? • If you’re someone who didn’t think you are worthy of a family I want you to know that you are ???? ???? • • • • #family #fatherhood #newborn #daddy #myantler #littleantler #lgbtfamily #lgbtqaifamily #positivity #rainbowbaby #youareworthy #tobelove #inlove #father #aydiandowling #radicaloptimism #positivity #ftm #transgender #trandad

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