Transgender couple make history with birth of their first child

The pair are the first transgender couple to fall pregnant in South America

Saturday 24 September 2016 09:54
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Fernando Machado
Fernando Machado

A transgender man has given birth after conceiving with his transgender wife. The couple have made history as the first transgender couple in South America to do so.

Fernando Machado, who was assigned female at birth and his partner Diane Rodriguez, who was assigned male at birth, welcomed their first child.

The couple who live in Ecuador have expressed their desire to have more children.

“We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we are the same,” Mr Machado told the BBC.

Ms Rodriguez said she never thought she would have the opportunity to be a mother.

“Being a mother was never something I thought I would do because I am a transsexual,” she said.

The couple have not undergone full gender reassignment and were therefore able to conceive naturally.

'We live as man and woman. I'm a transfeminine woman and Fernando is a transmasculine man. The process to get here was complex for each of us,” Mr Machado said.

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