12 years after becoming a transgender man first pregnancy in 2008, Thomas Beatie Trace now lives happily with his wife and 4 children. 

Thomas Trace Beatie, 46 years old, was born and raised in Hawaii as a female and was born Tracy Lagondino. He even once modeled and reached the final of the Miss Teen Hawaii beauty pageant.

However, from the age of 10, Beatie began to realize the superior masculinity within her. He “found himself” when he was criticized by her university boyfriend for not being feminine.

Thomas Trace Beatie in the documentary "Pregnant Man" when first pregnant in 2008. Photo:  Pregnant Man
Thomas Trace Beatie in the documentary “Pregnant Man” when first pregnant in 2008. Photo: Pregnant Man

In 1997, at the age of 23, Beatie declared her true sex and began her journey of undergoing six surgeries to fulfill her dream. However, he decided to keep the genitals so that he could have children in the future. In 2002, he had breast augmentation surgery, officially changing the gender from “female” to “male” on identification papers.

When meeting his first wife, Nancy Gillespie, Beatie realized it was the person he wanted to give birth to. A year later, he married her in a heterosexual marriage in Hawaii. However, since Nancy had her cervix removed due to health problems, she could not undertake the maternity task, Beatie decided he would be pregnant and having children.

Since then, Beatie stopped hormone testosterone treatment to conceive with donated sperm. In March 2008, he shocked when appearing in gay magazine Advocate with a photo of showing off his belly. The story quickly became the focus of American and international media, earning him the nickname “the pregnant man”.

In her first television appearance the following month at an exclusive interview with the famous MC Oprah Winfrey, Beatie showed the audience live fetal ultrasound images on the screen.

“She’s kicking. I can’t believe she’s inside me. It’s a miracle,” he said.

Beatie said the desire to have children has nothing to do with gender. “It’s not the desire of men or women. It is the desire of man. I am a human being and I have the right to give birth to my child.”

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