I know this is the land of opportunity, free speech, free expression and all that good stuff but some folks just insist on doing the most. The video below is self explanatory. I'm not even going to touch on Tyra Banks and her show right now but clearly she's treading in Jerry Springer waters with this one.
And yes the picture is REAL (you know I aim to make this blog the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth).
Thomas Beatie is a transgender male and he's 22 weeks pregnant (he's due July 3, 2008). Thomas still has a vagina, but he's legally male. He shares his life with his legal wife, Nancy. Thomas gave a first person account to the Advocate (full story can be found at http://www.advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid52947.asp) on how he came to be pregnant with a baby girl: "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."
He says that not many people in his community know about his pregnancy, although I'm not really sure how thats possible if 1..this appeared in a National publication...2...or unless he hasn't and plans to not leave his house for the next few months. He said they have "begun experiencing opposition from people who are upset by our situation. Doctors have discriminated against us, turning us away due to their religious beliefs. Health care professionals have refused to call me by a male pronoun or recognize Nancy as my wife. Receptionists have laughed at us. Friends and family have been unsupportive; most of Nancy’s family doesn’t even know I’m transgender."
Thanks for the suggestion, Nate! America misses you!