"Defining normal for oneself is a process of self-discovery. Our differences are our similarities. And when we make an effort to understand each other, our differences unite us." ~Thomas Beatie
From Oprah to Barbara Walters, Germany to Japan, Thomas Beatie's story has been worldwide headline news--a fully legal man and husband giving birth to three children in as many years. He has also successfully defended the validity of his marriage and identity in an unprecedented court battle. While the media may have sensationalized his unique journey, dubbing him “The Pregnant Man,” his dreams of happiness, liberty, and family are universal. His humanizing story represents the struggle everyone faces when fighting for individual authenticity and freedom as well as social and legal justice. More importantly, other people are inspired by this proud father's grit and determination--standing up for what he believes in and the love for his family. Thomas believes that the power of visibility creates positive change in society. By being open, he hopes to demystify harmful stereotypes and show that different is normal.
Motivational and inspirational speaking (corporate and college), writing contributions, advocacy, media appearances and interviews, keynotes, workshops, lectures and seminars, consulting, TV and film projects, diversity awareness, transgender (LGBTQ) education, Pride events, and community involvement.
Thomas confidently delivers his live, empowering keynote speech to hundreds of thousands of people at Stockholm Pride.
After granting an hour-exclusive interview to Oprah Winfrey, Thomas is back, this time featured on Oprah's Where Are They Now?
Shown around the world, Thomas is the subject of this widely popular documentary of his life and first pregnancy.
Anderson Cooper invites Thomas and his attorney to speak about the legalities of his unprecedented court case.
Everyone's normal is different. Discovering one's normal involves a truthful examination of what’s holding you back. It’s about identifying your passions and purpose and figuring out how to be the best version of yourself. What is your vision and how do you make that vision a reality? Thomas will take you on his inspiring journey, conquering overwhelming odds to become the man and father he is today. He will awaken you to define your own normal.
How should medical professionals properly care for transgender patients while respecting their identities? How can a patient give birth and be legally documented as the father? What defines a man or woman and how are gender roles advancing in the world? Thomas speaks from experience on the evolution of policy and thoughts regarding this trifecta.
Having children changes you. They test you, they teach you, they can even break you. Thomas uses anecdotal stories and lessons he’s learned from being a black belt taekwondo instructor and tournament champion to share his secrets of lovingly wrangling his four children.
”A compelling, unique narrative” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Defiant and transformative” — New York Times
“Unforced and unpretentious” — Book List
In this surprising and heartfelt memoir, Thomas Beatie—known around the world as the first pregnant man—tells the story of how he survived a brutal childhood and a lifetime of prejudice to achieve his most precious dream: having a family.
Born female, Beatie transitioned to a male in his twenties and married his wife, Nancy, in 2003. But Beatie kept his female reproductive organs and chose to carry their child himself because Nancy couldn’t. Beatie’s decision to get pregnant ignited one of the biggest controversies of the year, but the real story of his pregnancy, and of the amazing events that led him to this historic moment, have never been revealed—until now.
Labor of Love is a poignant and candid memoir, rich in drama, humor, and suspense. At its heart, though, it is a love story—of the unlikely romance between he and Nancy; of their long, difficult journey to get married; of their uphill battle to find a doctor who would help Beatie carry their child; and of the remarkable and joyous birth of their daughter, Susan. Labor of Love will challenge readers to reconsider what makes a man a man, what it means to be a parent, and ultimately what’s worth cherishing more than anything else—the redemptive love of a family.
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