Mr Beatie, 35, was born a girl named Tracy Lagondino but had gender reassignment surgery and is now legally male, wears a beard, and is married to Nancy. Despite changing his gender, Mr Beatie had kept his female organs so he could fall pregnant one day.
After his daughter’s birth last year Mr Beatie told ABC news that he wanted to expand his family, so he did not go back onto his male hormones in order to be able to fall pregnant again. Both babies were conceived via sperm donors.
Mr Beatie went public about his first, unusual, pregnancy by posing semi-naked and holding his heavily pregnant stomach on the cover of the national American gay magazine The Advocate.
The announcement made headlines around the world as it was believed Mr Beatie was the first man to become pregnant. He said the international attention – some positive, but much of it negative – was “shocking” but he does not regret his decision to go public about his family, despite still receiving death threats.
"We are a man, woman and child. It's ironic that we are so different but yet, we're just a family, just the same as anyone else," Mr Beatie said.
SOURCE: THE TIMES ONLINE
In 2000 the Village Voice ran a piece, Family Values, about Matt Rice and Patrick Califia, two girls who met when they were dykes (their wording, not ours) who wrote about raising their 8 month -old son. Even they had trouble sorting themselves out:
Our relationship was a scandal. We were generally perceived as a fag/dyke couple rather than two gay/bi men in a daddy/boy relationship, which was how we saw ourselves. When I had to go to Utah to care for my mother in the last month of her life, Matt came out for her funeral, and was promptly fired from his bartending job. That was when I started talking to Matt about maybe transitioning too.
Now the two are happily living together as a couple of trangendered men when they actually started out as lesbians. They’re raising their son as two Daddys even though Matt, as a transgendered man, had their son, Blake, by means of artificial insemination via a man they found who “loved us but didn’t love children”.
Patrick, Matt, Thomas and his wife, Nancy are products of the new “diverse” society, their children, so to speak, byproducts, where gender lines are blurred and crossed then recrossed depending upon one’s wants and desires. A brave new world indeed.