The Non-Traditional Parents
They are the couple who made history last year when the transgender ‘father’ fell pregnant by the trans ‘mother’.
And now, four months after giving birth to their first child, Fernando Machado – who was born a woman – and his partner Diane Rodriguez – who was born a man – have revealed they want to expand their brood.
The new parents, from Ecuador, have opened up about life with their new baby after becoming the first transgender couple to fall pregnant in South America.
Same as any other family
They have not yet announced the name of the newborn baby – but the 16-week-old is affectionately referred to as Caraote – which means ‘the snail’.
‘We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we’re the same,’ Mr Machado, who gave birth in June, told the BBC.
‘We don’t have a name yet – or rather we do – we are just waiting to announce it.’ Ms Rodriguez, who was born male – as Luis – spoke about how she never thought she would know the joy of being a parent.
The Joy Of Being A Parent
‘Being a mother was never something I thought I would do because I am a transsexual,’ she said.
‘The law before demanded that to be recognised as a woman you had to be castrated.’
Ms Rodriguez headlines in her native country in 2013, when she became the he first transgender candidate to run for Congress.
She has previously spoken of how she struggled in the wake of coming out to her family, who shunned her and forced her to live on the streets.
Ms Rodriguez has even been abducted several times.
The couple have kept their fans updated with the pregnancy journey and even shared pictures from the maternity ward when Mr Machado gave birth in June.
‘Guess where we are and that is what we are doing,’ Mr Machado captioned one shot of the couple posed in surgery robes and hair nets at the hospital.
He has also bravely shared pictures of his caesarean scar in an attempt to dispel any prejudice or misconceptions.
They initially announced the news of their pregnancy online, having conceived naturally as either of them have undergone lower-body surgery.
Ms Rodriguez told the Mexican media- ‘This was the wish of both of us and there was nothing biological or legal to stop us, so we decided to do it’
‘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.
‘Knowing it’s our right, we decided to add another member to our family. ‘
Mr Machado has also spoken about the moment he found out he was pregnant.
He called his mother and sent her a picture of the pregnant test. She then showed it to a doctor who announced: ‘It’s positive’.
‘I started crying with happiness, fear and dread, all at once. It was the most beautiful moment,’ he said.
‘I had never felt like that before. Wow, at last, I am completely happy.’