Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez, a transgender couple, is raising the profile of trans people in Ecuador and making history with the news of their pregnancy, the AP reports:
Rodriguez, who was born Luis, is one of Ecuador’s most-prominent LGBT activists and says she and her Venezuelan-born partner, whose birth name was Maria, decided to publicize the pregnancy to help change attitudes in the staunchly Roman Catholic society. Although both take hormones, neither has undergone gender-reassignment surgery, so the child-to-be was conceived the old-fashioned way with no known medical complications to date.
“We’re trying to break the myths about transsexuality,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press.
Watch a report in Spanish from CNN: