By Mark Ellis
A transgender couple in Ecuador has made history with a unique pregnancy: The father-to-be is carrying the baby of his transgender partner.
Fernando Machado and Diane Rodríguez announced their pregnancy on social media in early December. The revelation caused a sensation in a region that has endured an explosive evolution in LGBT rights, similar to the United States, according to Fox News Latino.
Rodríguez (born Luis), is one of Ecuador’s most-prominent LGBT activists and says she and her Venezuelan-born partner, whose birth name was María, decided to publicize their pregnancy to help shift attitudes in the largely traditional country.
Although both take hormones, neither has undergone gender-reassignment surgery, so the child-to-be was conceived the old-fashioned way, according to Fox News Latino.
Michael Brown, writing for TownHall, captured the essence of this head-turning development: “It used to be pretty simple. A man marries a woman. They have a baby together. The man is the father and the woman is the mother. Well it’s not so simple anymore.
“Today, you have to figure out if the man who is marrying the woman is actually a man and if the woman who is marrying the man is actually a woman.
“Then you have to figure out if the man is the father or the mother and if the woman is the mother or the father,” Brown noted.
The transgender couple acknowledge they are in new territory. “We’re trying to break the myths about transsexuality,” Rodríguez told the Associated Press.
There have been no reactions from the Roman Catholic Church – a major influence in the society –, which astonishes Rodriguez.
“The church is always criticizing gays and homosexuals for adopting children, so it would be a contradiction to criticize us for giving birth naturally,” she said from her home in Guayaquil.
The transgender movement has won political victories in South America. Approximately six months ago, Colombia’s president issued a declaration allowing people to change their gender on national ID cards with only a trip to a notary. So far, more than 340 people switched genders, according to Fox News Latino.
Argentina has even gone further with legislation guaranteeing free hormone treatment and gender reassignment surgery.