Daily Archives: April 8, 2008

Pregnant Man Allegedly Half-Filipino

By Cynthia De Castro/Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES – Thomas Beatie, the “pregnant man” in Oregon who claims to be expecting a baby in July, is said to be of Filipino ancestry. In a report by Abs-cbnnews.com, Beatie’s wife, Nancy confirmed that her husband “has a Caucasian mother and a Filipino father” but refused to divulge more details.

Making headlines around the world after appearing in Oprah Winfrey’s show, Thomas admitted that he had a sex change operation several years ago, but decided to keep her female reproductive organs. He also admitted that he is of Asian ethnicity.

Born Tracy LaGondino 34 years ago in Hawaii, she was a former Miss Hawaii Teen USA finalist who used to date men in her teens. In an interview, Tracy said she had always felt male however, so while in her 20s, she began taking testosterone with the help of a physician.

Tracy fell in love with another woman, Nancy Roberts, in Hawaii and they desired to be married, strictly against even Hawaii’s liberal laws. So, Tracy decided she should obtain a sex change because Hawaii’s laws did not support same sex marriage. She underwent a double radical mastectomy and began hormone therapy to change her gender to that of a male, but keeping her female reproductive organs. Two years ago, she and Nancy moved to Bend, Oregon.

Thomas and Nancy have been married for five years, and have been trying to have children for two years, but Nancy is unable to bear children due to endometriosis. Tracy, now renamed Thomas, ceased the hormone therapy to allow her menstrual flow to return. Tracy/Thomas said it took about 4 months for her body to regulate itself.

Consulting doctors, one who sent her to see a Psychologist “to see if we were fit to bring a child into this world,” she and Nancy finally obtained access to a cryogenic sperm bank to purchase anonymous donor vials and opted for “home insemination,” feeling that doctors who refused to help them due to their own ethical or religious views “discriminated” against the couple.

Last month, Beatie wrote an article about this his pregnancy for The Advocate, in which he was pictured topless with a swollen belly. The article shocked many around the world and triggered heated discussion among ethicists and family groups.

Armen Hareyan, publisher and CEO of eMaxHealth, an independent health news website, said: “As a Christian I believe this is morally wrong. I feel that this is just too far and that they are trying to do an experiment with the child. If they wanted to have a child, they could taken an infant from an orphanage. They should not be doing this.”

Beatie defended his actions in Oprah saying, “it’s a human desire. And I’m a person, and I have the right to have my own biological child.”

Thomas/ Tracy excitedly looks forward to the baby girl coming this July. “Despite the fact that my belly is growing with a new life inside me, I am stable and confident being the man that I am. In a technical sense I see myself as my own surrogate, though my gender identity as male is constant. I will be my daughter’s father, and Nancy will be her mother. We will be a family,” he said.

(www.asianjournal.com)

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Census to Count 130 Million Households

by Rene Villaroman/Asianjournal.com

NORTHRIDGE – The City of Los Angeles joined in inaugurating the Los Angeles Regional Census Center in Northridge last Friday, April 4.

Each decade, the national census unites every resident of every neighborhood, in every community as we participate in this important undertaking,” said Dr. Cynthia Glassman, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs of the US Department of Commerce.

On April 2010, the Department of Commerce, through all its Census bureaus in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas, will count more than 300 million people, a total of 130 million households encompassing four different time zones and speaking a dramatically rising number of languages.

In contrast to past census, the 2010 count would be taken using a short form with just a handful of questions. This is being adopted to minimize undercounting some residents that have happened in past counts. The residents, mostly minorities, have suffered government funding consequences as a result of the undercounting.

Census data are the basis of the reapportionment of seats in the House of Representatives and for the states’ redistricting plans, as well as the distribution of state dollars – some $300 million a year – to every locality.

“Nearly 70,000 household will likely return the forms in the mail, leaving millions of addresses for us to visit personally and conduct interviews with residents,” Glassman predicted, based on test conducted recently.

To reduce the undercounting figures, the Department of Commerce will be hiring hundreds of thousands of temporary employees across the US. These are called enumerators, and they will fan out across the country, visiting every neighborhood and interviewing residents – face to face – in order to get almost everyone counted.

“We can’t do this alone. We and the people here today are keys to helping us get the best workforce and the broadest possible participation in being counted,” Glassman reiterated. “Your outreach efforts are particularly vital here in California, given the state’s increasing diverse and rapidly growing population. To ensure the success of our democracy, we must have an accurate head count.”

James T. Christy, Regional Director of the Los Angeles Regional Office said that the regional bureau would count people in the City of Los Angeles (the second largest city in the US), the most populated county in the US (Los Angeles County).

“The regional census bureau will also count a diverse population: one of four of the nation’s Hispanics, one out of four of the nation’s Asians and almost half of the nation’s Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. In fact, one of six of the nation’s persons of color will be counted in the region in the 2010 census,” Christy stated.

“We think the best way to be successful in getting the best count is through our recruitment effort to recruit locally, and to hire the natives of the area that we are trying to count, for every ethnic group, every type of diversity that we are trying to capture in our region,” said Celeste Jimenez, Assistant Regional Census Manager. “Having local residents is the best way to go.”

“By the time we are finished in this region, we expect to count 30 million people. Most will send back their 7-question form, but about 8 million will not. To count everyone, we will hire more than 40,000 workers and send them to every neighborhood in this region,” said Marilia Matos, Associate Director of Field Operations of the US Census Bureau.

(www.asianjournal.com)

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