Because of their outspokenness, the couple has received backlash from even the most unexpected sources.
They’ve garnered some backlash from the LGBTQ+ community in Ecuador — some believe that the relationship Rodriguez has fostered with President Rafael Correa (who’s made transphobic and homophobic comments in the past) is only to help her get ahead in the political world.
But regardless of the challenges they face, Rodriguez and Machado are hard at work promoting acceptance and love for all.
Especially for their young child! They remain pretty private about their kid, which is understandable considering their high profiles.
For weeks after their baby was born, they referred to them as Caraote, an affectionate nickname that means "the snail."
And it’s true — pretty much all newborn babies look like little snails!
Machado told the BBC, “We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we’re the same.”
By publicizing their pregnancy journey, Rodriguez and Machado are showing that all people are capable of forming loving, beautiful families and deserving of that opportunity.
Rodriguez has spoken about how she never thought she’d get the opportunity to be a mother and have a family because she is transgender.
But now, she's proving her past self and everyone else wrong!
While Machado isn’t the first ever transgender man to get pregnant, he is the first high-profile man in South America to give birth, and that’s huge.
This adorable family is making huge strides for human rights and ensuring that their child will grow up in a world full of more love in it than there was before. And that is a beautiful thing.