UPDATE 3/26/08: I spent the morning on the set of KATU's AMNW where I co-hosted alongside the hostess with the most-ess, Helen Raptis.
And the big topic today? The "pregnant man" (see below). In fact Raptis (who thinks the whole story is a hoax) shared this video with me regarding Tommy Boy's former life as a woman named Tracy LaGondino. Funny thing, as a gay activist in Hawaii LaGondino's main issue revolved around glbtq rights regarding children. Hmmmm. Now that is interesting.
Saturday morning was a real eye-opener.
As I was getting the car's oil changed, I stumbled upon a story that blew my mind.
In the latest issue of The Advocate, the equivalent of Time magazine for queers, I read the first-hand account of Thomas Beatie, who...(wait for it)....is about to have a BABY!
[Photo of Thomas Beatie from The Advocate's website]
Yes, a man is going to have a baby. Well, it's not that easy.
Thomas Beatie is a transgendered man. And he is a man. He's legally changed his official paperwork to reflect that.
On top of that, he's married to a woman.
Here is what he said in The Advocate's First Person column:
I am transgender, legally male, and legally married to Nancy. Unlike those in same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, or civil unions, Nancy and I are afforded the more than 1,100 federal rights of marriage. Sterilization is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights. Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.