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A transgender man, from Ecuador, who became pregnant after conceiving with his transgender female partner has given birth in what is reportedly a world first.

Fernando Machado, who used to be a woman, and Diane Rodriguez, who used to be a man, had their first child in June after Fernando gave birth.

The new parents  have opened up about life with their new baby after becoming the first transgender couple to fall pregnant in South America.

We are the same as other families. Even though we might not have the same rights, we’re the same,’ Mr Machado, who gave birth in June, told the BBC.

‘We don’t have a name yet – or rather we do – we are just waiting to announce it.’

Ms Rodriguez, who was born male – as Luis – spoke about how she never thought she would know the joy of being a parent.

‘Being a mother was never something I thought I would do because I am a transsexual,’ she said.

‘The law before demanded that to be recognised as a woman you had to be castrated.’

According to the BBC, while this story points to ‘growing tolerance’ towards transgender, the country still remains largely conservative when it comes to LGBT rights.

Fernando and Diane have started an awareness campaign for LGBT issues since the baby’s birth.

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