Wednesday, April 2, 2008

From holding doors to carrying children: chivalry is the new Black

Working women of the world, rejoice!

Men of the world - get ready to answer the age old question of :"What hurts the most - a kick to the balls or chilbirth?"

Thomas Beatie is a transgender male who is also 22 weeks pregnant. Although he is lucky enough to keep his vagina, he is legally considered male. In a recent interview with The Advocate, Beatie revealed how he faces discrimination on the regular.

"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. Receptionists have laughed at us. Friends and family have been unsupportive; most of Nancy’s family doesn’t even know I’m transgender."

Nancy, Beatie's wife, is unable to carry children after undergoing a hysterectomy due to endometriosis. The couple is expecting a baby girl in early July.

A first person account of the incredible story is available at The Advocate.

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