After Winding Queer Fertility Journey, Da Brat and Her Wife Had Their Baby!

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Da Brat and her wife Jesseca “Judy” Harris-Dupart welcomed their baby boy on the evening of July 6, according to an exclusive announcement from People magazine. “His name had been True Legend Harris-Dupart but now that we’ve met him we are tempted to name him PERFECT,” Harris-Dupart told People, which is so SWEET!!!! People reports that the couple is sticking with the name True though.

“This journey has been more amazing than we could’ve ever imagined,” Da Brat tells People.

As a queer woman who is thinking about going on a fertility journey of my own one day, I’ve been closely following Da Brat and her wife’s fertility and pregnancy journey, which has had a lot of twists and turns. The couple experienced a miscarriage along the way, and Da Brat experienced health complications after having fibroids removed. When Da Brat announced her pregnancy at 48-years-old earlier this year, she told People: “I just thought it wasn’t in the cards for me. I’ve had a great career, a full life. I felt like, because I didn’t get pregnant earlier on, then it just wasn’t going to happen for me.” Age and time can be a huge source of anxiety for all people considering becoming parents — but it feels especially acute for a lot of LGTBQ+ people, as we often face higher financial barriers to pregnancy and starting families. I cling to any narratives about successful queer pregnancies, especially when it comes to a couple like this one, where both queer moms are over the age of 40.

To see Da Brat give birth now, at 49, feels so huge. Da Brat became pregnant via IVF, using an egg from Harris-Dupart and sperm from an anonymous donor. This is just one of the many ways queer folks pursue fertility paths. When Da Brat announced her pregnancy, she also thanked her fertility clinic Hope Fertility in Atlanta, which seems like a small thing but is actually a great bit of visibility and representation for queer pregnancy and fertility.

The couple, who married in early 2022, recently had a Minions-themed baby shower. Exclusive photos in People following last night’s birth show the baby’s little hands and feet, and yes, I did cry upon first look.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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1 Comment

  1. How Beautiful! I am glad that they shared their story on the difficulty. There was a time when I thought it would be easy for any woman to have kids because I kept hearing of older celebs doing it. I didn’t realize at the time that many had medical intervention and that in and of itself is no guarantee.

    This story is particularly miraculous because of Da Brat’s issue with fibroids. Fibroids can lead to miscarriages and the removal of them can also lead to delivery problems.

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve been waiting to hear positive delivery news, but this article is the first I have heard about it.

    I wish you luck on your fertility journey. If you are comfortable, please share along the way.

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