He was famous for being ‘the pregnant man.’ Here’s where Thomas Beatie is now.
His pregnancy was a media sensation in 2008. Today, Beatie lives a relatively quiet life with his wife and children, working as a stockbroker in Phoenix.
Thomas Beatie with his wife, Amber Beatie, whom he met when she was working at the day care his children attended. “She pretended like she didn’t know who I was, but she did,” Beatie said. “Her family was joking that she was going to fall in love with ‘the pregnant man,’ and she did.”
It’s been thirteen years since Thomas Beatie sat down for his first TV interview and told Oprah — and the world — how he could possibly be pregnant, as a man.
Today the concept of a transgender man giving birth is hardly novel, although research, education and awareness are still severely lacking. But society has come a long way, and so has Beatie. In honor of Pride Month, the father of four, now a stockbroker in Phoenix, spoke to TODAY Health about how he thinks the trans community benefited from the media attention his pregnancy garnered, and how he and his family are doing today.
“When my story came out, there wasn’t a single person in the public eye as a transgender man — most people had never heard of it,” Beatie, 47, said. “This was pre-Chaz Bono. This was pre-Caitlyn Jenner. This was before anyone knew anything. It was a first exposure for a lot of people. And then on top of that, they can give birth! I think exposing the importance of fertility for trans people was a huge eye-opener.”
At Home With Thomas And Nancy Beatie
Beatie and his wife at the time, Nancy, pose for a portrait in 2008, when Beatie’s pregnancy made worldwide news. Kristian Dowling / Getty Images
In 2008, after he wrote an essay for The Advocate about his pregnancy — a piece he wrote, he said, because he was desperately seeking advice from anyone who had been in his shoes, and fearful that his daughter would be taken away by authorities — Beatie’s story spread around the world. Photos of Beatie cradling his stomach — a bare, enlarged, pregnant stomach — achieved infamy. Requests for TV and magazine interviews rushed in. He wrote a book about his experience titled “Labor of Love,” became the subject of multiple TV specials and even went on to star in a French reality show.
“Everything was a whirlwind,” he said. “But I still don’t regret it.”
After having his first child, Susan, in 2008, Beatie went on to give birth to two more children with his then-wife, Nancy Beatie. The couple separated in 2012 and, in 2016, Beatie married his second wife, Amber Beatie, nee Nicholas, who worked at the day care his children had attended. They had a baby together in 2018, whom Amber gave birth to.
Thomas Beatie And Family Enjoy Day At Amusement Park
Beatie and his ex-wife with their three children at an amusement park in Sweden in 2011. Today the children are 11, 12 and 13. Christopher Hunt / TB / Getty Images
Today, Beatie and his family live a relatively quiet life in Phoenix, although Beatie occasionally takes on public-speaking jobs or small acting roles (maybe you saw him as an extra in a U-Haul commercial). His older children — now 11, 12 and 13 — split their time between his house and their mom’s house, about ten miles away. When they’re all home, they swim together in their pool, play checkers or test out new recipes.
“We’re on this keto kick right now, so we’re trying to make cool dishes together,” Beatie said. “We’re going to make some healthy ice cream.”
Yet Beatie hasn’t ever been able to fully shake the moniker he earned in 2008, at the time splashed across the covers of tabloids: “the pregnant man.” For a while he thought he’d done just that at the financial center where he works.
“I thought I melted back into society, that I could just walk down the hall and be anonymous,” he said. But soon enough, word got out about his public past. Not that he minds exactly.
‘A lot of trauma’: Trans parents say medical system isn’t set up for their pregnancies
“I don’t see anything wrong with being a pregnant man,” Beatie said. “I was so proud to be a dad, and I’m still proud to be a dad. I’m so proud that I was the one to bring my kids into the world. It’s kind of like a badge.”
Mostly, he marvels at how much the world, while still very much flawed, has changed since his story was in the spotlight. This was a time before most people understood gender identity and what it means to be transgender, let alone etiquette for speaking about someone who was. Beatie was misgendered and deadnamed (when someone uses the name a person was born with, rather than the name they currently identify with) in the media. He was the butt of jokes on late-night talk shows. In one interview with Beatie, Barbara Walters referred to one of his maternity photos as a “disturbing image.”
“It was really hard when my story came out,” Beatie said. “People were saying things on TV and in the media that if they came close to saying today, they would be immediately fired. I’m just in shock about how wild, Wild West it was back then.”
People were saying things on TV and in the media that if they came close to saying today, they would be immediately fired.
Trystan Reese, a trans advocate in Portland, Oregon, was working for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, specifically focused on trans issues relating to culture change and policy inclusion, at the time when Beatie’s story became public.
“I remember thinking it was a little early to tell this kind of story publicly,” Reese told TODAY. “Culture change is developmental. It takes people time to understand the kindergarten level of transgender issues … this was Ph.D.-level stuff. I was really scared for him.”
Reese said that had Beatie been more involved with the trans equality movement, he and others would have warned him against sharing his story.
In other news, Its Official!!! Davido and His wife Chioma reportedly welcome Twins, A Boy And Girl In USA, This is huge. Congratulations to them (Photos)
Popular Nigerian music star, Davido and his girlfriend, Chioma Rowland are allegedly welcomes a second baby together.
However, according to a report by a blog, Insider Hint, Chioma is alleged to have concieved a second child for the singer.
“Information reaching me say Chioma don get belle ooo make una dey expect OBO the second ooooo.
I repeat Chioma don get belle now am breaking the news just like I said last year October when una dey ask me if dem still dey together and I made a post about it telling you guy’s go leave dem alone they are still together.
Now am breaking the news Chioma don get belle if the news later went viral like that BBN girl own and other bloggers no give me credit help me swear for their mama and papa ooo”, the blog wrote.
In other news, Nigerian Man Who Was Pregnant For His Wife Gives Birth To A Baby Boy (photos)
After a successful delivery of a baby, a transgender brings to the internet how he/she manages to breast his/her new born baby.
Social media react massively as some are inspired while some trolls and insult him/her for ever ‘trans-gendering
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In other news, Small girl, big God” Ned Nwoko has done it again. Check Out The Multi-Million Naira House Child Comedian Emmanuella Has Built For Her Mother in Her Hometown (photos)
Emmanuella caused a buzz on social media recently when she revealed that she has built her mother a house in her hometown.
Thanking her mother for all the support and encouragement over the years.
When the one time Guardian Life cover star shared the news of the house gift with photos, she had written:
“I built this for you mom. For all the prayers; all the encouragement and support. Mummy, I know you said you want a portable house and this is it. But forgive me because I must complete your mansion for you next year.
“Don’t worry, it won’t make us go to hell; my super Christmas mummy. I love you,” Emanuella had captioned photos of the house in a post on her Instagram account.
The comedienne had tongues wagging with the enviable achievement as many praised her for her gesture although some question why didn’t give her father a similar gift.
The “Not My Real Face” star defended that since both parents are married, a gift for her mom is for everyone which includes her dad.
“I wanted to buy another car for my dad but Uncle Mark now told me to save more money and build the house that I promised my mom. So, I talked with my manager and they built the house and furnished it. See the house now, is it not fine?
“If it is for my mom, it is for everybody; it’s for my dad too. My dad is married to my mom. After all, they are living together.”
“Everything is God’s grace. I never ‘experrit’. When God wants to use you, He will use you at the right time.”
Mark Angel who is Emmanuella’s producer also defended that the young star could afford the house gift. He said:
“Emanuella earns money, so she has money to build whatever she wants to build. She can afford it. Her management can afford it.”
In other news, Nigerian Woman pours h ot water on husband for marrying a second wife (photos)
For marrying a second wife, this was what this young girl Hafsat did to her husband in Fill-in Ball area of Jos.
Mubarak and Hafsat have been married for eight years after courting for six years. They have three children between them.Trouble however started when Mubarak decided to take a second wife. This did not go down well with Hafsat who became mad, enraged, infuriated and pissed off.
She told the 37 year old Mubarak to divorce her but he begged her saying she just needs to understand that as a Muslim, he is entitled to marry more than one wife. She became hostile towards him.
Eventually, Mubarak married his second wife on the 15th of January 2023.He however accommodated her in Fillin Sukwa area of Jos, a distant from his first wife’s home. Mubarak as promised ensured equity, fairness, impartiality and justice amongst his two wives.
On Monday 20th of January, after returning from his second wife ‘s home, Hafsat the first wife asked Mubarak to go back to where he was coming from (his second wife’s home).Knowing she doesn’t have the capacity to beat him up, he did not oblige her.
She told him if he doesn’t go back, he would regret it. True to her words, she locked the door, when he tried opening the door with his own key, she emptied a pot of boiling water on husband back.What a world’
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In other news, “I Know My Husband Is Handsome” Nigerian Blind Lady Who Married A Blind Man Narrates as they are expecting a second child together (Photos)
A young Nigerian man identified as ThankGod has shared his love story with blind partner, Amarachi ThankGod said he was moved to get married to his wife despite facing criticisms for showing interest in a blind woman In a recent interview.
The doting couple revealed that they have a child and are currently expecting their next.
The Nigerian lawyer who tied the knot with a blind woman identified as Amarachi has melted hearts online. The young lawyer identified as ThankGod said he refused to listen to critics who condemned his relationship. 5 Takeaways From Kendrick Lamar s Mr Morale and the Big Steppers (1) Blind lady marries lawyer Photo Credit: @BBC Pidgin Source:
Instagram According to him, although he always had experiences with his exes because they all came for his ‘money’, he has however found his safe place in Amarachi. Speaking on what sparked his love for the blind woman, ThankGod revealed that she has a good heart and fears God.
Amarachi lamented that some of her husband’s people have refused to accept their marriage.
She revealed how they always criticize her husband for getting married to a woman who can’t see. However, against all odds, Amarachi said she knows her husband is good-looking and she will always love him no matter what.
Netizens get emotional over love story of blind lady.
Amalbotanicals said: “There is a match made partner for everyone. God Bless Them.
Pilot_ajibade001 wrote: “MAY GOD BLESS YOUR UNION AND GRANT YOU EXCELLENT
Yenimanig stated: “God as ever the greatest.” Anitani_ugonna wrote: “Everybody don find love o.”
Sexychacha65 stated: “True na because of the country really she is right May God protect and take care of them.” Cluvosas reacted: “Thank you Jesus for them, please guide them in Amen.”
What an inspiring love story.” Primusqueen noted: “Oh wow this is deep so we are seeing her husband and she is not?”
Benyyy989 said: “God please grant them sight to see clearly in Jesus
In other news, “My wife Delivered Twins a Boy and a girl 8:00am Early This Morning I Can’t Keep My Joy”, Man Celebrates As His Wife Deliver Twins After Several Miscarriages(Photos)
A Nigerian Couple Samuel And Joy Olorunfemi welcomed a set of twins, a boy and girl, in March, 2023, after 14 years of waiting,,
Joy’s Brother, Ohimai Abraham Shared The Good News On Facebook, As Sighted By NaijaCover And He Wrote;
“IT’S LIKE A DREAM. Where do I even start from? “This woman you see here is my immediate elder sister. She was married and trusting God for the fruit of the womb since 2008.”
It has been 14 solid years of trials, temptations, mockery, disappointment, weeping, crying and dispair.
Men thought they had the final say throughout these 14 years. But Yahweh who rememberd Sarah has proven to men that Him and Him alone have the final say. He proved Himself in our lives by settling my darling sister with a balanced set of twins (a boy and a girl).
Since the news of her delivery got to me since Sunday last week I have been so overjoyed that i couldn’t even think of what to write and post. Now, I fully understand the meaning of Psalm 126:1-3:
“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
Indeed, what God can not do does not and can not exist. I beg make una join shout two solid Hallelujah to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Double Congratulations to my personal people Mr & Mrs Joy Olorunfemi Samuel Olorunfemi aka Papa & Mama Twins.
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In other news, “Everybody Please Help Me Praise This God” – Nigerian Lady Shares How Her Boyfriend Abandoned And Beats Her When She Got Pregnant, But Finally Gave Birth To Twins (Photos)
When I was pregnant, I saw h*ll from day one of my pregnancy, the man that got me pregnant ran away, leaving me with the pregnancy because he had asked me to abort it and I refused , even when he came back, I thought everything will be fine which wasn’t the case. Instead I was abu$ed in my 8th month and was always in tears.
Even when I gave birth there was absolutely no help from him nor his family. even my own family had left and abandoned me because I got pregnant out of wedlock, friends left too, but God saw me through, God was always there for me, seriously I have never had the kind of sorrow, disgrace and shame I had throughout my pregnancy.
Immediately I gave birth to my twin boys, strength courage and most of all favor started coming in to my life. Even after I gave birth to my babies I was alone in the hospital but God always helped me miraculously, people from nowhere where coming in to visit me and even settle my bills each time I needed something. God always helps me miraculously. Now I’m working, someone help me got a comfortable job. I and my babies are fine, the father of the baby and his parents now want me to give them my babies, forgetting how they left us, I’m going to do my best to raise them
For protecting and providing for me, Lord am grateful. Like seriously so I’m alive to see my 25th birthday
Pls friends help me , celebrate and thank this God for he is faithful.
In other news, “Why I Decide To Marry My Father Age Mate” – 23-Years-Old Nigerian Lady Who Is Set To Wed A 78-Years-Old Man Reveals.
An invitation for a wedding between a 78-year-old man identified as Nsan and a young girl, Margaret, said to be 23-year-old, has been shared online, IgbereTV reports.
The wedding is slated for May 6, 2023, however, the state is not disclosed.
The young lady is yet to reveal to us her reason why she made such choose.
In other news, Love is blind” May God make me a perfect Husband for You”- Man poses with his beautiful Lover (photos)
A video of a man and his beautiful, small-looking lover has gone viral on TikTok, IGBERETV reports.
In the video posted by Martin Edotse, the man was seen proudly showing off his beautiful woman. It is not confirmed if the man and lady are married when they snapped the photos.
But many TikTok users who took to the comment section to congratulate them believe they are already married. Many hauled the man for loving the lady despite her deformity.
The video went viral and received over 300k views as many TikTok users are gushing over the couple
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