Ecuador’s Transgender man is pregnant

December 25, 2015

Reports have emerged that a couple in Ecuador have made history with a unique pregnancy.According to the story, the father to be is carrying the baby of his transgender partner.Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez announced their pregnancy, believed to be the first of its kind in South America, on social media early December and it’s received widespread attention in a continent that has seen a sudden explosion in the rights and visibility of trans people.As far as am concerned, being transgendered is not a lifestyle choice and It is not a trend. It is something that happens to a small percentage of the world’s population. No one yet knows whether it could be a genetic phenomenon or something else and for 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 publicise the pregnancy to help change attitudes in the staunchly Roman Catholic society. The term transgender describes a wide range of people who identify as male or female, or a gender beyond these two, or identify in ways that transcend gender.The couple never undergone gender reassignment surgery and that means the child will be conceived the old school way and there are no known medical complications.

The transgender community faces greater discrimination in public than any other LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender according to various studies. Transgender individuals are regularly shunned publicly and experience greater economic disadvantage due to their lifestyle choice. In Australia and North America, credible studies have proved how they are often turned down at job interviews because of their physical appearance and that’s why many of them turn to stereotypical jobs as stylists in beauty salons, caterers, or even street musicians.In African countries, compared to homosexuals, who always hide their sexuality from the public if needed, transgender individuals stood out more openly because they are men wearing women’s clothing.A study conducted in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria revealed that around 75 percent of transgender individuals in those countries are sex workers, with a sixth also working as street musicians and only 25 percent work as employees or professionals.LGBT individuals always organise discussion to share their experiences of “coming out” to their families and the public as part of their struggle to fight discrimination in Kenya and South Africa openly but in other countries they can’t as they face jail and physical abuse from members of the public.Personally I do agree that transgender individuals faced greater discrimination by the public compared to other LGBTs groups and need a specific approach in order to tackle their different programs.

The problems encountered by LGBT communities are unique. Transgender individuals have their own problems, and so do lesbians and gays.While sexual minorities face discrimination both from the public and the state, they also face specific problems and need different approaches. Transgender individuals can seldom live in common public communities. It’s easier for gays and lesbians to stay in public communities, though of course it’s tiring for them to put on a charade in front of the public.In Africa, the state is the main violator of human rights. There are many laws and ordinances that discriminate against LGBT people.In Latin America, between 79 percent of the murders of transgender people reported throughout the world took place in the region out of a total of 664 cases between 2008 and 2011 according to a study published two years ago.As a libertarian, I believe most of LGBT community members did not choose to be homosexual, but that it was a gift from oracles. Whenever I meet a homosexual, I regard them as a normal person who has the same rights and position as me.People should be more aware of the issues associated with the gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender community and stop feigning ignorance and arrogance towards them. It is the best interest of civility and human dignity to accept them, or at least have an understanding that homosexuals are also members of the community who have the same rights as others.To Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez,the fight continues…

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