Monday, July 02, 2012

Thomas Beatie

Thomas Beatie was born a woman but is now married to one. This image, published in an American magazine, allegedly shows his pregnant tummy and breast removal scars
With his wife unable to conceive because of a hysterectomy she had after an illness, Beatie claimed he stopped taking his twice-weekly testosterone injections and started getting periods again after an eight-year break.
He used a sperm donor to get pregnant using a home insemination kit. He even told The Advocate, a U.S. magazine for gays, lesbians and transgender people, that he fell pregnant earlier with triplets but they had to be aborted because of dangerous complications.
But he admitted that he and his wife are in uncharted territory, and that they have faced opposition from family, friends and the medical profession.
"Wanting a biological child is neither a male nor a female desire, but a human desire," he said.
Friends of the couple say they were shocked by Beatie's decision to become a man, who, as a woman, had campaigned rigorously for same sex marriage.
Gay friend Hans Anderson, 50, said: "I was surprised because Tracy has always seemed so happy as a lesbian with her partner Nancy.
"She'd never said anything about wanting a gender change and she didn't tell anyone about having her op."
If Beatie's turns out to be confirmed, he will not be the first transgender man to carry a baby.
Patrick Califa-Rice, of San Francisco, wrote about his transgender male partner, Matt Rice, giving birth to their son in a 2000 article in New York's Village Voice.

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