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The First Transgender Pregnancy

Speaking of babies, here’s a story far more amazing than J.Lo finally giving birth to twins. As Elle mentioned in The Frisky Forums, The Advocate has a first person essay by the first transgender man to carry a child. Thomas Beatie was born a woman and is married to Nancy. Though he went through sexual reassignment surgery, Thomas didn’t opt to be sterilized and kept his reproductive rights. Together for ten years, the couple had always wanted to have children, but Nancy is unable to conceive after a hysterectomy 20 years ago, so Thomas decided to carry the child himself. He hadn’t had a menstrual cycle in nearly eight years, however (due to testosterone therapy), so getting pregnant required fertility treatments — his first pregnancy resulted in an ectopic pregnancy with triplets, a life-threatening condition that required surgery and all three embryos were lost. Thomas successfully got pregnant again, and this time everything seems healthy — he and Nancy are expecting their baby girl this summer.

The story is an interesting one for many reasons, particularly because it describes the experience of a man experiencing pregnancy. While Thomas’ ability to get pregnant is possible because he was born a woman, he identifies as a male and therefore, “Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.” It’s a great essay — check it out and then chime in about the story in the forums. [The Advocate] Keep reading »

Star Couplings: Say Hello To The $3 Million Babies!

  • Jennifer Lopez and her twins Emme and Max appear on the cover of People, the magazine’s third celebrity baby cover in, like, two months. Supposedly the magazine paid $6 million dollars for the deal. [People via DListed]
  • Speaking of J.Lo, designer Vera Wang says that the wedding dress she designed for Lopez’s wedding to Ben Affleck (which never happened) was the most expensive one that she’d ever designed. So, when will it be available at TJ Maxx? [Us Weekly]
  • Uh, weird couple alert. Are Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams dating? [Just Jared]
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    Celebrity Easter Eggs

    Barnardo’s Believe In Children Charity, which believes “that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination”, is auctioning off diamond encrusted celebrity Easter eggs by design duo Id-Iom. The pair is known for their modern, graffiti-style art and has immortalized five famous Brits — David and Victoria Beckham, Lily Allen, Prince Harry, and U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown — in milk chocolate. You knew Posh was a bobble-head, but now she’s an egghead. Get it? HA HA! Bidding starts at £50.00. Happy Early Easter! [eBay] Keep reading »

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    The Daily Hotness: Claire From America’s Next Top Model

    Claire is totally my pick to win Top Model this season and she might seriously be the first worthy contestant to win the fierce hot tranny mess beauty pageant in eight seasons. Even though Tyra gave Claire a Susan Powter makeover, she rocks the photo shoots week after week. She’s also a married mom with a endearing personality and a cool indie spirit that doesn’t grate on your last nerve like past Top Model contestants Naima and YaYa. Also, sometimes she drinks her own breast milk. For real. [CW: America’s Next Top Model] Keep reading »

    South Park Blows Britney’s Mind, Literally

    I’m a South Park fan and normally find the show laugh-out-loud, pee-my-pants funny. But last night’s episode was totally depressing and, for once, despite the utter ridiculousness of the plot, kind of freakishly accurate. In the episode, Britney Spears comes to South Park, trying to escape the paparazzi that have been hounding her — she blows her head off when she realizes that she’ll never be left alone, but miraculously lives, only minus about 90% of her cranium. Stan and Kyle try and keep the paparazzi away from her, but pretty soon the entire town of South Park jumps in the fray because killing Britney is a necessary human sacrifice in order for there to be a bountiful corn harvest. Seriously. Just think about the depth of that. Then go get a little teary in the bathroom, like I did. [Comedy Central: South Park] Keep reading »

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