Diane Rodriguez and Fernando Machado are a couple in Ecuador who recently announced their pregnancy on Twitter. That in itself isn't unusual, but Diane started out life with the name Luis, while Fernando was given the name Maria: They're both transgender. Here's their tweet, in which Rodriguez writes,"Trying to hear the heartbeat of our baby."
Both Rodriguez and Machado have been on hormone therapy, but neither one has undergone gender-reassignment surgery. So even though Machado identifies as a man, he is currently carrying their child.
Rodriguez is one of the most prominent LGBT activists in Ecuador, and she told the Associated Press that part of the reason she and her partner decided to do things the old-fashioned way is to shed light on misunderstandings about the trans community perpetuated by the church. She said:
We're trying to break the myths about transsexuality...The church is always criticizing gays and homosexuals for adopting children, so it would be a contradiction to criticize us for giving birth naturally.
Machado and Rodriguez are believed to be the first transgender couple in Ecuador to have a baby together, but this certainly isn't the first time a transgender man has gotten pregnant.