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.