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Thomas Beatie, the 34-year-old transgender man who made international headlines when he came out as pregnant in The Advocate, gave birth on Thursday to a healthy girl, reports ABC News.
The birth of Beatie's daughter caps a pregnancy that shocked the globe. The image in The Advocate of Beatie fully pregnant, but sporting facial hair and a flat chest, confused those not familiar with transgender men and women. The photo accompanied a column in which Beatie described his experiences as a pregnant man. His reflections drew both praise and condemnation. Beatie was born female but transitioned to male with hormones, though his female genitalia remain intact. Beatie told Oprah Winfrey on her show that he always wanted children but his wife, Nancy, was unable to conceive, prompting his decision to try to conceive himself.
"I feel it's not a male or female desire to have a child," Beatie told Winfrey. "It's a human need. I'm a person and I have the right to have a biological child." (The Advocate)