Mother of Kinnock’s trans grandson tells of concern over his double mastectomy

By Charlotte Griffiths



dmg media (UK)


DENMARK’S first woman prime minister has spoken of her fears over her 23-year-old child’s decision to have a double mastectomy after changing gender. Helle Thorning-Schmidt – the daughter-in-law of former Labour grandees Neil and Glenys Kinnock – said she was concerned that Milo, previously known as Camilla, would no longer be able to breastfeed should children arrive on the scene. Speaking on a podcast series last month in which Milo discussed his experience of changing gender, Ms Thorning-Schmidt said: ‘It’s a big operation and the only thing I was challenged by was that you can’t breastfeed if you have children. ‘It’s a cool thing to be able to breastfeed your baby. ‘I did that myself with great pleasure and I have been very happy that I could breastfeed both my children. It’s a big thing to waive.’ Ms Thorning-Schmidt was so concerned about the issue that she questioned Milo – who refers to himself as ‘non-binary transmasculine’ and uses male pronouns – to the point where he became ‘annoyed’. ‘But that’s fair – my role in life is to test if Milo was completely sure about his decision,’ she added. However, she clarified that she realised that being non-binary was ‘quite a cool place to be’ because ‘you don’t have to pick a side’. It was revealed in The Mail on Sunday last year that Milo had undergone breast removal surgery after coming out as ‘non-binary’ – meaning that a person identifies as neither female nor male. In the three-part podcast series entitled ‘Han/Ham/Milo’ (He/Him/ Milo), which was broadcast in Danish, Milo said that before the mastectomy his Labour MP father Stephen Kinnock travelled to Denmark to be with him. According to Milo’s sister Johanna, their father cooked a ‘delicious’ curry the evening before the surgery and the family watched a Harry Potter film. Describing the moment they picked up Milo – who was still ‘foggy’ – from hospital after being operated on, Ms Thorning-Schmidt said: ‘It was quite a special experience and we were relieved it was over. You are always a bit worried when someone is undergoing surgery.’ Milo told in another episode how one of the most ‘liberating’ experiences since the surgery has been to go swimming without breasts. ‘Swimming is probably 70 per cent of the reason why I got this surgery,’ he said, adding that he can now take his top off ‘without thinking about it and to show the scars’. ‘I think the scars are pretty cool,’ Milo said. ‘My scars have many layers. On one hand, they show the world that I’m trans. I want to show that I’m trans and proud.’ But Milo admitted that even after the mastectomy he was ‘still a bit confused’: ‘There’s a feeling of confusion about the body, where it is.’ In the wake of the surgery last October, Lord Kinnock, 80, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We’re a very close family who cherish him and wish him all the best.’