Transgender individuals have been around for a long time, but it's only in the past decade that they've achieved rights and freedoms that's allowed them to feel comfortable to publicly reveal their day-to-day lives.
Perhaps the most controversial matter surrounds transgender men who still possess female genitalia and can get pregnant.
These pregnancy photos of six transgender men highlight their experiences as they prepare for their newborn child. Their pictures are nothing less than beautiful!
1. Thomas Beatie
Thomas Beatie, who is technically a male mother, rose to fame for becoming the first transgender man to become pregnant.
It was Thomas's dream to have a child, and so far he has given birth to three!
2. Trystan Reese
Trystan, a gay trans dad, and his partner Biff Chaplow adopted their niece and nephew, who are survivors from an abusive household, but decided they wanted a child of their own.
“When I found out, it was equal parts elation and fear,” he told the Ottawa Citizen. “I was so excited to be on this journey with the person that I love, and then also really scared. Could I do this? Pregnancy is hard, labor is hard, and I hoped that I’d be able to handle it all.”
3. Chris Rehs-Dupin
Chris Rehs-Dupin proudly posted his baby bump on social media before he gave birth to his daughter. The plan was for his wife Amy to be the mom, but after five attempts of fertility treatments, Chris volunteered to carry the baby instead.
"I don’t think I had a problem emotionally having a child, I wasn’t losing a part of my identity. I think the world had a bigger problem with it than I did," Chris recalled. “Some people think men aren’t supposed to carry children, that’s the world we live in. So, I feel like the world would see it as emasculating, that it would make me less trans but [it was] not the case for me. For me it was an amazing experiencing.”
4. Kayden Coleman
During Kayden's decade-long transition from female to male, he learned that he was 21 weeks pregnant.
"Even when I first held her it hadn’t sunk in that she was mine, so I didn’t really feel much. But I knew things would never be the same again. I was so happy to finally see her face," he said.
5. Fernando Machado
The first pregnant man in Ecuador became pregnant by his transgender wife, Diane Rodriguez.
"I started crying with happiness, fear and dread, all at once. It was the most beautiful moment," Fernando said, as he remembered the time when his pregnancy test came out positive. "I had never felt like that before. Wow, at last, I am completely happy."
6. Scott Moore
Both Scott Moore and his husband Thomas are transgender men. When Thomas got a hysterectomy, Scott couldn't afford to, and was also hesitant about the results.
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