While I was with Karla at Starbucks Greenbelt 1, we were reading the Inquirer then and we stumbled upon this article.
‘Pregnant man’ gives birth to girl — reports
LOS ANGELES — A US man who was born a woman before undergoing gender realignment surgery has given birth to a baby girl, US media reported Thursday.
Thomas Beatie, who is legally male but decided to keep his female sex organs during chest reconstruction surgery and testosterone therapy, attracted worldwide attention in April after revealing his pregnancy.
The 34-year-old gave birth to a baby girl at a hospital in Bend, Oregon, ABC News reported, without providing further details.
Beatie, who sports a beard, was dubbed the ‘pregnant man’ after appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s television talkshow to discuss his pregnancy.
“I feel it’s not a male or female desire to have a child. It’s a human need. I’m a person and I have the right to have a biological child,” Beatie told the chat show queen.
Beatie’s unusual situation first became public when he wrote an article in the leading US gay magazine The Advocate in March, entitled “Labor of Love.”
“To our neighbors, my wife, Nancy, and I don’t appear in the least unusual,” he wrote, explaining that his wife was unable to have a child after undergoing a hysterectomy. So he chose to become pregnant by artificial insemination, he said.
“Our situation sparks legal, political, and social unknowns,” Beatie wrote, adding the couple had experienced opposition from health care professionals, friends and family.
One doctor refused to treat the couple, after consulting an ethics board.
“How does it feel to be a pregnant man? Incredible. Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am,” Beatie wrote.
–> from inquirer.net
Beatie was correct, gender isn’t important if one wants to have a child of his/her own. Being a transsexual or being part of the LGBT per se should not be a hindrance for the right to procreate. There are different ways of obtaining a child. Let’s not think only of procreating through consummation between a man and a woman. This is liberating in the sense that it deviates from the Victorian view of consummation as a prerequisite for procreation.
If you would be interested, you may want to watch “What Makes a Family“, an indie film about a Lesbian family. Popular stars in the film are Brook Shields and Whoopie Goldberg. This movie is a great way for you to understand that being a family doesn’t only involve blood relations. What is important is how children are being brought up. Bigotry of people around us only aggravates the situation. It’s not correlating that if a child is born with gay/ lesbian parents they will definitely be ‘bad’ kids. Actually most studies show that children brought up by ‘gay’ parents are far better kids than those brought up by ‘straight’ parents.