Early life[ edit ] Beatie was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii , the first of two children. His father, of Korean and Filipino descent, was born and raised in Hawaii. In , he founded Define Normal, a progressive clothing company, which has since expanded in federal trademark to film and video production.
In March , Beatie underwent sex reassignment surgery. The procedure he had, sometimes called "top surgery" or "chest reconstruction" involved a double mastectomy , areolar reshaping and grafting, and contouring of the chest to effectuate a male appearance. Because he wanted to have biological children and sterilization is not a requirement to undergo a valid sex change anywhere in the United States , he kept his internal reproductive organs intact.
He then went through the process of changing his name and sex marker from female to male on all of his state and federal documents, including his birth certificate, driver's license, passport, and Social Security index. Beatie married Nancy Gillespie in a legally valid traditional marriage in Hawaii on February 5, Beatie was also listed as "male" on his health and life insurance policies.
In February , Beatie elected to have "lower surgery" to further modify his body. His surgical journey, performed by transgender surgeon, Marci Bowers ,  was documented on his second appearance of Doctors , in He wrote, "our situation sparks legal, political, and social unknowns Doctors have discriminated against us, turning us away due to their religious beliefs.
He commented, "I have a very stable male gender identity. I see pregnancy as a process, and it doesn't define who I am. It's not a male or female desire to want to have a child—it's a human desire I'm a person, and I have the right to have my own biological child. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. Multitudes of tabloids, magazines, and news sources continued reporting on the story after paparazzi captured images of the family leaving the hospital days later. Where Are They Now?
Beatie is also a keynote speaker at colleges and universities. News of the break-up with his wife was leaked to tabloids during an April taping of the talk show The Doctors. The Beatie case is the first of its kind on record, where a documented legal male gave birth within a traditional marriage to a woman, and the first time a court has challenged a marriage based upon a husband giving birth.
Sterilization is not a requirement of either State's Statute. Under both Arizona's and Hawaii's law Thomas was a man at the time of his marriage, and therefore his three children born during the marriage are legitimate," stated attorney, David Michael Cantor. He also attested that the chest reconstruction procedure Beatie had undergone qualified as a sex-change surgery.
Despite medical testimony stating otherwise, Judge Gerlach did not consider gender identity, hormone treatment, and chest reconstruction as a valid sex-change surgery, as grounds for successful gender transition. Due to the marriage's not being seen as valid in Arizona, alimony was not further enforced, though the division of property was. He has remarried to Amber Beatie. He helped organize and implement an island-wide, seven-day, mile March for Equality.
He also spearheaded one-on-one discussions with doctors, politicians, and policy-makers in support of abolishing the sterilization law for Swedish transgender people. Marc Quinn commented, "I think one of the main things to remember is that media attention and images are of their moment whereas Art is forever… that in years time people will look at the beautiful marble sculpture of [Thomas] and have an emotional response and it will, I believe, somehow define something about our time.
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