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Thomas Trace Beatie, or just Thomas Beatie, is known as ‘The Pregnant Man.’ He is a trans man and had undergone gender reassignment surgery in 2002. In 2007 he carried baby with the help of artificial insemination and cryogenic donated sperm as his wife Nancy Gillespie was infertile.
Born as Tracy Lehuanani LeGondino, the American was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his teens he was an assigned-female model and later was crowned as Miss Hawaii Teen USA. Before becoming a competitive bodybuilder he appeared on aerobics workout series on television. He is a black belt in Taekwondo.
His first pregnancy resulted in an ectopic pregnancy with triplets. Emergency surgery was needed and he lost all the three fetuses.
However, since then he had given birth to three children between 2008 and 2010.
Beatie co-chaired non-profit LGBT organization for marriage equality the Civil Unions-Civil Rights Movement in Honolulu between 2000 and 2001.
The final weeks of his pregnancy has been documented in Pregnant Man documentary that became highest rated show for Discovery Networks in 2008.
Inspired by him a French director Jan Caplin directed a short movie titled Hippocampe.
After the birth of his first son Susan he authored his first book titled Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy in 2008. He describes in it his fight for his right to have a baby.