Thomas Beatie, who achieved fame as the “pregnant man,” has given birth, to a baby girl.
Thomas had transitioned to a man in many ways – he removed his breasts – but kept his female sex organs because he hoped to have a child.
“Growing up I really didn’t have a perception of myself [as a girl],” the bearded Beatie told Oprah Winfrey in April.
“When I was a teenager I had an attraction to women, but it wasn’t a sexual attraction,” he said. “I was much of a tomboy who liked to play with Legos and go fishing … probably up until puberty I didn’t see anything wrong at all.
Thomas decided to switch sexes when he was 24 – he had his breasts surgically altered – but opted to keep his reproductive organs.
“I wanted to have a child one day,” he said. “I didn’t know how, and I had no plan laid out. It was just a dream.
“I have a very stable male gender identity,” he said. “I see pregnancy as a process. It doesn’t define who I am.”
The media frenzy over this story has always confused me. A woman, who has facial hair and no breasts is pregnant – big deal.
PHOTOCREDIT:Mary Ellen Mark, SOURCE