Meet Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez: They are the couple who made history last year when the transgender ‘father’ fell pregnant by the transgender ‘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 intend to create a real family.
‘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.
‘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.’
‘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 her mother and showed her a picture of her pregnancy test. A doctor then confirmed it to be ‘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.’