Published March 26, 2008
A transsexual woman who has undergone reconstructive surgery and testosterone therapy, and who calls herself a "man," claims to be five months pregnant with a baby girl.
Oregon resident Thomas Beatie told "The Advocate" magazine that carrying a daughter for her wife Nancy is an "incredible" experience.
The article carried a photo showing Beatie with an enlarged midsection, purportedly the result of being pregnant. Neighbors, however, think otherwise.
"Quite frankly, I think it's a hoax," neighbor Ron Schlieper told KATU News in Bend, Ore. "I saw him a few days ago and he didn't look like that," he said, referencing the photo posted on the Advocate.com Web site. "He was walking down the street with who I thought was his wife, Nancy, and I don't recall seeing a belly. If that (picture was taken) a month ago, he would have been much bigger just a few days ago."
Schlieper said Beatie's wife said she was pregnant, KATU News reported. Another neighbor said the couple left their house every week for fertility treatments in Portland.
Beatie, born a woman, has had a chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy, but decided to keep her female reproductive organs. Beatie claims to have become pregnant through artificial insemination.
"I stopped taking my bimonthly testosterone injections," Beatie told the magazine. "It had been roughly eight years since I had my last menstrual cycle, so this wasn’t a decision that I took lightly," Beatie said. "My body regulated itself after about four months, and I didn’t have to take any exogenous estrogen, progesterone, or fertility drugs to aid my pregnancy."
Beatie says Nancy had a hysterectomy 20 years ago, and that's when they started thinking about Beatie carrying their child.
Beatie also claims this is her second pregnancy. The first was an ectopic pregnancy with triplets, she said.
"It was a life-threatening event that required surgical intervention, resulting in the loss of all embryos and my right fallopian tube," Beatie said. "When my brother found out about my loss, he said, 'It’s a good thing that happened. Who knows what kind of monster it would have been.'”
Beatie told the magazine the couple had begun experiencing anger from people offended by their decision.
"Doctors have discriminated against us, turning us away due to their religious beliefs. Health care professionals have refused to call me by a male pronoun or recognize Nancy as my wife," Beatie said. "Receptionists have laughed at us. Friends and family have been unsupportive; most of Nancy’s family doesn’t even know I’m transgender."