There’s no doubt that those who identify a transgender have a lot of challenges to face in a world that doesn’t understand who they are, what they stand for and how to treat them in a way that is respectful and dignified. In fact, the entire LGBT community throughout the world is often forced to fight for basic human rights that are denied to them based mostly on fear of the unknown.
That has been the case for a transgender couple from Ecuador, Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez. They live in a culture that prizes strict male and female roles, which means they have often suffered prejudice and threats for daring to be who they believe they were meant to be in a place that doesn’t understand their choices.
Rodriguez was once a man named Luis, and made international news in 2013 by becoming the first transgender person to run for political office. Rodriguez’s partner, Machado, born a woman, made headlines in 2015 when he became pregnant, the first time in South American history that this had ever happened.