Families come in all shapes, sizes, and gender identities! Diane Rodriguez, one of Ecuador's preeminent transgender activists, and her partner Fernando Machado, who is also transgender, welcomed an adorable little baby in June 2016. They expanded their family and made history in one fell swoop, since Fernando, a transgender man, was the one who became pregnant and gave birth.
Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez are South America's most famous transgender couple.
According to the BBC, “For many, they are a symbol of growing tolerance in the region.”
Diane was born as a man named Luis, and Fernando was born in Venezuela as a woman named Maria.
The story of their romance is the definition of a whirlwind!
They met on Facebook, and things escalated quickly. Machado told the BBC, “I was on a bus to Ecuador [where Diane lives] days after we started chatting online. After three weeks of living together, I was pregnant.”
Neither Diane nor Fernando has had gender reassignment surgery, so the couple was able to conceive without any medical intervention.
The moment Fernando found out he was pregnant? “I started crying with happiness, fear, and dread, all at once,” he said. “It was the most beautiful moment. I had never felt like that before. Wow, at last, I am completely happy.”
Being transgender is not an easy life to lead in South America, and Diane has been a true fighter for her rights.
When she came out to her family, she was initially cast out and forced to live on the streets, where she was actually abducted several times.
But she never gave up, and in 2013, she became the first transgender candidate for Congress in Ecuador.
The couple has a legion of loyal fans whom they kept updated throughout the entire pregnancy journey.
It’s incredible that these two people who’ve been through so much hardship are so intent on fighting for their human rights that they choose to share the most intimate details of their lives in order to show how beautiful and deserving of happiness they are.