‘Father’ is pregnant by the ‘mother’, they are first transgender parents in South America

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Pic shows: Diane Rodriguez (33), woman (used to be a man) and Fernando Machado (22), man (used to be a woman).nnA transgender couple from Ecuador will become parents after the 'father' was pregnant by the 'mother'.nnDiane Rodriguez (33), a trans woman who used to be a man and Fernando Machado (22), a trans man who used to be a woman became a couple in 2013 when they met on social media.nnThe two are LGBT activists. Diane Rodriguez is the president of the LGBT Federation of Ecuador.nnFernando originates in Venezuela, but moved to live with Diane in Ecuador after meeting her.nnThey are now the first transgender pair in the country to have a baby after it was revealed that Fernando is three months pregnant.nnThe couple announced the pregnancy online and got mixed reactions from internet users. While most of them supported the pair and encouraged them, there were some who were afraid that a child raised by such a couple might not grow up in a healthy family environment.nnFernando Machado was supported by his family ever since he told them he did not feel comfortable being a woman.nnDiane on the other hand was relegated by her family and she even had to live on the streets.nnThe couple conceived naturally as none of them had a sex change surgery.nnDiane Rodriguez to Mexican media: "This was the wish of both of us and there was nothing biological or legal to stop us, so we decided to do it"nn"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. "nn(ends)nnnn

A transgender couple from Ecuador are set to make history they become parents in next year, believed to be the first pregnancy of its kind in South America.

Diane Rodriguez, 33, a prominent LGBT-activist, at the latest shared the news that her boyfriend Fernando Machado, 22, is pregnant with their son.

Ms Rodriguez and Mr Machado have been a couple since 2013 after first getting to know each other on social media.

Mr Fernando is born and raised in Venezuela, but moved to Ecuador to live with his girlfriend, and they are now believed to be the first transgender pair in the country to have a baby.

Ms Rodriguez, who was assigned male at birth, made headlines in her native country in 2013, when she became the he first transgender candidate to run for Congress.

She has previously spoken of how she struggled in the wake of coming out to her family, who shunned her and forced her to live on the streets.
Mr Machado, assigned female at birth, says his transition has been fully supported by his family.

The couple announced their pregnancy online, having conceived naturally as either of them have yet to undergo lower-body surgery, with Mr Machado now 4 months pregnant.

Ms Rodriguez told Mexican media: ‘This was the wish of both of us and there was nothing biological or legal to stop us, so we decided to do it’
‘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. ‘

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