Most scientists would agree that a man could never become pregnant biologically since he lacks the necessary anatomy. What happens when a woman undergoes reassignment surgery, takes testosterone hormone treatment, and legally becomes a man? Back in 2007, Thomas Beatie responded to this question by making a decision that would impact history. Join us as we look back at the last decade of Thomas Beatie’s life, revealing the hardships he has experienced since taking the world by storm and becoming the first pregnant man. Read on to know what happened:
It all started in 2007
Over a decade has passed since Thomas Beatie stunned the world and became known as “The Pregnant Man.” After going through so much, the transgender advocate is ready to reflect on the most difficult ten years of his life. Over a decade has gone by since headlines like “Pregnant Man Gives Birth” dominated most news channels. The media portrayed it as a biological revolution. Thomas Beatie, on the other hand, merely wanted to be himself…
Icon of Pop Culture
Thomas Beatie was not only the buzz of the town a decade ago, but he also became something of a cultural figure – The Pregnant Man. This was especially evident when British artist Marc Quinn created a full-size sculpture of Beatie that depicted him topless during his pregnancy. But that’s not all. Beatie was named a pop culture figure by People magazine in their edition “Pop Culture: 1000 Greatest Moments 1974-2011.” However, Thomas’ narrative began much earlier than in 2007.
Before The Change
To appreciate where Thomas Beatie is today, we must first understand where his narrative began. His given name was Tracy Lehuanani LaGondino when he was born and reared in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tracy used to be a model and even competed as Miss Hawaii in the Teen USA beauty contest. Despite entering the world of bodybuilding, Tracy had identified as a male since the age of ten, and by the age of 23, he had begun the whole change…
Thomas began receiving testosterone hormone treatment at the age of 23, and by 2002, he was ready to undertake the necessary reassignment surgery. The many surgeries gradually transformed Thomas into a man, with substantial work done on his chest and, eventually, his lower region. However, there is one significant distinction between Thomas’ metamorphosis and that of many other people in his situation: he desired to remain fertile and have the opportunity to become pregnant…
Thomas Wanted To Have Kids
Unlike many other persons who had reassignment surgery, Thomas Beatie desired to have all the characteristics of a male while yet being able to produce children. As a result, he was able to maintain his internal reproductive organs. At the same time he took this decision, he officially changed his name on all relevant paperwork. Tracy Lehuanani LaGondino was now legally recognized as Thomas Trace Beatie on all platforms.
I Now Pronounce You Man & Wife
Thomas Beatie married his companion Nancy Gillespie just a year after completing his entire transition to manhood, and their marriage was formally recognized by the state. After a few years, they moved to Bend, Oregon, and bought their first home as husband and wife. However, Thomas and Nancy soon learned that they would have to confront a variety of problems together. This began when they attempted to start a family…
They Had Difficulties Conceiving
When Thomas Beatie and his wife Nancy decided to have children, their narrative took a new turn. They had difficulty conceiving with their first attempt in 2007. This is due to Nancy’s infertility. Thomas volunteered to get pregnant for the couple because he still had all of the internal reproductive organs required to have a child. Was the treatment, however, a success? Despite his drastic shift, did Thomas have a healthy child?
Starting a Family
Fortunately, Thomas Beatie’s pregnancy proceeded smoothly, and he delivered a healthy kid. However, that was not his last pregnancy. Thomas ended up carrying Nancy and all of his children. He has two sons and a daughter between 2008 and 2010: Susan Juliette, Austin Alexander, and Jensen James. Thomas demonstrated to the world that, despite being a man, he was capable of raising a family in the same way that any woman could. And he chose to tell the world his story…
He Made It Public
Thomas wanted to share his experiences with the world because he knew he had a unique story to tell. Thomas appeared on shows like Oprah, The View, Dr. Drew, and Anderson Live before he had even given birth to any of his children. to talk about his wonderful experience Thomas, on the other hand, did not only feature in TV series. He also flaunted his baby bump in magazine pictures. Thomas, astonishingly, went even further…
Keeping a Record of Everything
Interviews and photoshoots were insufficient for Thomas. He documented every element of his encounter in order to provide a realistic reflection of his experience. Thomas brought video crews to the hospital. “There was no other way to tell the story,” he explained. “How else might a pregnant man appear?” I was the only one who knew how to relate my story. If I hadn’t, the media would have run with it and spread even more falsehoods.”
The main reason Thomas documented his pregnancies was to dispel certain major myths. “The biggest fallacy is that I went back to being a woman in order to get pregnant,” he stated. “This is the furthest thing from the truth in my opinion.” I was a totally legal man and spouse before I became pregnant, during my pregnancy, and now…never wavered. To be a father, I got pregnant and gave birth to three children.” However, many others were still perplexed…
Thomas’ pregnancies were not universally accepted. Many news sites sensationalized his pregnancy, portraying his family’s situation as a modern-day freak show. When Thomas was expecting his second kid, he gave an interview to ABC. In that interview, Barabra Walters displayed photos of Thomas with his pregnant tummy (already pretty well-known images) and commented on how “disturbing” they were to her.
Despite his commitment to providing a clear picture of his experience for everybody to see, Thomas could never have predicted the kind of opposition he would face from various members of the community. Things did not go as planned with regard to gaining support from the LGBT community. “To be completely honest,” he continued, “the trans community has practically ostracized me for being a pregnant man on top of being so conspicuous.” Soon enough, the pressures began to affect his personal life as well…
Quiet LGBTQ+ Support
While the most outspoken members of the community did ostracize Thomas for his outspokenness, many people spoke out years later about his impact on them and how disgusted they were by how the media handled him. Trystan Reese, a trans man who opted to have his own child in 2017, was one such person. “I recall thinking it was a little early to convey this kind of narrative publicly,” Reese said in an interview. Culture change is a process. It takes time for people to grasp the kindergarten level of transgender issues… this was Ph.D.-level material. “I was terrified for him.”
The media’s expectations and Thomas’ sudden popularity appear to have strained his relationship with his wife, Nancy. Thomas and Nancy divorced in 2012, barely five years after he made headlines as The Pregnant Man. However, because of his gender, securing a divorce settlement was incredibly difficult. Beatie was eventually granted custody of his three children. This was only after Thomas consented to pay alimony and surrendered a prized collection of 70 shark teeth he had amassed over the years.
The Legal Battle
The former couple’s divorce was not only emotionally traumatic; it also established a number of intriguing legal precedents. During the divorce, the original judge claimed that because Thomas gave birth to the children, he was considered a woman, and thus the marriage was invalid. The Appeals Court, thankfully, reversed this backward attitude, declaring the marriage lawful and allowing the couple to finally divorce, divide assets, and agree on parenting. The court also ruled that Thomas did not need to be sterilized in order to be legally recognized as a male – a major victory!
The Fight Was Important
When asked why he battled so hard for this verdict, Thomas stated, “I wanted to make sure that this was going to be something that was possible, that our laws would respect it.” His birth certificate and legal paperwork were amended to reflect his identification as a boy once he transitioned, thanks to his determination. “I felt obligated to continue fighting.” “I wasn’t about to lie down and say, ‘OK, great, call me a woman.'”
He got himself into a lot of trouble
During this difficult period in his life, Thomas had several run-ins with the law. Beatie was arrested in 2014 on accusations of stalking Nancy after police discovered a GPS monitoring device beneath her car. He eventually pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was eager to put this terrible chapter of his life behind him. In terms of Thomas’ personal life, it turns out that there was light at the end of the tunnel…
Second Wife’s A Charm
It turns out that Thomas didn’t have to wait long to move on to his next love. During his divorce process from Nancy, he began dating his second wife Amber. Interestingly, Amber had viewed Beatie’s documentary years before meeting him. Amber was the one who got pregnant when it came to having children. “We used IVF and the same sperm donor as my three children to have a child between us,” he explained.
Thomas Revolutionized the World
Thomas had no idea how the world would react to his status as the first pregnant man at the moment. Thomas is amazed by how much has changed in the previous decade after initially receiving heavy criticism. “Now, the concept has been around for a long time, and there are probably hundreds of trans males on the spectrum who have given birth or are in the midst of doing so,” he said. Thomas is now reaping the advantages.
While every trans family views parental duties differently, Thomas feels himself to be the family’s father. On the other hand, he and Amber want to do things the old-fashioned way. While every trans family views parental duties differently, Thomas feels himself to be the family’s father.
Thomas Beatie nowadays enjoys both nice family life and a good career. Thomas not only has success as a stockbroker, but he also enjoys working on television. The Pregnant Man recently featured on the French reality show Secret Story as a competitor. Every contestant has a secret, and Beatie had a good one to keep. “The French people were incredibly supportive of my narrative,” he remarked. “A million times more than [people in] the United States.”
His children also want to “Change”
It should be no surprise that Thomas’ experience has significantly influenced his family, particularly his children. He did, however, confess that two of his children had pondered altering, exactly like their father. His son Austin pondered becoming a female, and his daughter Susan explored becoming a guy. “Austin had long hair and pretended to be a girl until he was three,” he explained.
More Children on the Way?
Although the dust has settled on Thomas’ narrative, he has verified to his wife Amber that more children are on the way. However, if either of them becomes pregnant, it will be Thomas. “She said if I wanted a girl, I’d have to do it myself,” he explained, to which Amber responded, “He’d probably have 10.” Having said that, if Thomas has any future pregnancies, he will have to deliver through C-section.
There are no regrets
Thomas Beatie is finally content with his life decisions, ten years after his story shook the world and created an international debate. Furthermore, he would if he had to do it all over again. “Now that we’re ten years into the future, I wouldn’t change a thing about how my life unfolded,” he stated. “It allowed people to have a deeper conversation about gender and societal roles that they might not have had otherwise.”
Not The First?
What many thoughts were a complicated story was actually rather simple. Beatie was simply born with a uterus and all of the other features of the conventional female anatomy. However, he identified as a male when he was very little. Furthermore, the public should not have been surprised by Beatie’s story. Given that there are 1.4 million trans persons in the United States, he wasn’t the first. He was just the first person to be acknowledged by the United States.
He Sparked A Revolution
Beatie didn’t establish a trend; rather, she provided a platform for other persons of non-traditional genders to be themselves. Celebrities like Chaz Bono and Caitlyn Jenner may not have had the guts to embrace their actual identities if not for his historical moment. At the very least, Beatie’s story sparked a surge of journalists asking unpleasant questions that would ultimately become commonplace. And Beatie’s influence on society did not end there…
Still a Long Way to Go
In a recent interview, Thomas discussed how much has changed in the way trans individuals, particularly those who “break with tradition” like him, are accepted. However, considerable work remains to be done. “I think a lot of people are still pigeonholed,” Beatie added, “believing that if you want to be transgender, you have to entirely get rid of all your reproductive parts.” Thomas has had further surgeries since his pregnancy but still has his uterus.
Many individuals may believe that “in order to be a truly transgender person, you just have to go through with this (sterilization) — and that you shouldn’t want to have kids,” according to Thomas. “Discussions about fertility and preservation are required.” You should not be denied the right to have a family because you are transgender. “You have the right to be happy, to have a family, and to be respected,” he continued.
Today’s Transgender Pregnancy
Trans pregnancies are becoming more acceptable as a result of stories like Thomas Beatie’s. However, it is still not widely accepted. According to an American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists report, there is still a significant lack of services, medical aid, and awareness. This frequently means that trans males who choose to become pregnant face discrimination and poor treatment from both society and the medical establishment. Fortunately, guys like Thomas continue to advocate for a more fluid understanding of pregnancy.