A South-American couple from Ecuador has made history together. Diane Rodriguez, a transgender woman, and Fernando Machado, a transgender man, have achieved something that no other couple has before them. Fernando fell pregnant by Diane, becoming not only the first pregnant transgender couple in South America but the first male to be pregnant, too.
The couple told the BBC that neither of them has undergone Gender Confirmation Surgery yet, meaning they were able to conceive their baby without any medical aid. The couple kept fans informed of the entire process until the big day, even sharing photos of the cesarean scar to dispel any misconceptions.
Diane spoke out to Mexican media, stating: “This was the wish of both of us and there was nothing biological or legal to stop us, so we decided to do it.”
Giving birth to a healthy baby boy in June of 2016, the couple never dreamed of the happiness this would bring them. Although their fame has skyrocketed in Ecuador and online, they have remained as private as possible when it comes to their child. Choosing to share images and the process was a choice they made to influence others and allow them to understand and accept their lifestyle, and ultimately proving that they too deserve the same happiness as everyone else.
Although their story has received much recognition, they have also faced hardships and obstacles along the way from some unforgiving people. In Ecuador, a rumor began to go around that claimed Diane had a relationship with the President of the country, Rafael Correa, who in the past has made remarks regarding transphobia and homophobia, and this was an attempt to help her political career. Despite the rumors and noise surrounding their story, they have persevered and have become a true example of the changing world we live in today.
Today, after achieving this together, they are already planning to further expand their family. Knowing that they were able to successfully bring a child into this world together, they marvel at the thought of doing it all over again together. Diane told BBC News “Being a mother was never something I thought I would do because I am transsexual,” but she continued to challenge the conventions, and even became the first transgender candidate to run for Congress.
Together, Diane and Fernando continue to make waves and inspire, proving to the world that love has no form. A true modern family in their own, they serve as an inspiration to others who thought this was impossible. According to BBC News, they are “a symbol of growing tolerance in the region,” and hopefully a growing tolerance that is spreading worldwide. Fernando told BBC: “We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we’re the same.”
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