Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pregnant Trans Man's Love Letter To The Advocate

The Oregon transgender male Thomas Beatie and the fact that he is pregnant made world news this week. He has provided The Advocate a first-person account of how it feels to be pregnant and carrying a child for his wife and himself. See excerpt below.

"Ten years ago, when Nancy and I became a couple, the idea of us having a child was more dream than plan. I always wanted to have children. However, due to severe endometriosis 20 years ago, Nancy had to undergo a hysterectomy and is unable to carry a child. But after the success of our custom screen-printing business and a move from Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest two years ago, the timing finally seemed right. I stopped taking my bimonthly testosterone injections. It had been roughly eight years since I had my last menstrual cycle, so this wasn’t a decision that I took lightly. My body regulated itself after about four months, and I didn’t have to take any exogenous estrogen, progesterone, or fertility drugs to aid my pregnancy. "

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