The Pregnant Man, otherwise known as female-to-male transgender Thomas Beatie, is blaming Sonny and Cher offspring Chaz Bono for stealing his spot on Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 13. Beatie, who is known more often now by the nickname ‘The Pregnant Man’, says he wanted to be on the show but thinks he was rejected in favor of the more famousÂ Chaz Bono.
Thomas Beatie became known as The Pregnant Man back in 2007 when he decided to get pregnant because his wife was infertile after he had gone through a female-to-male sex change. He has since given birth to two additional children. Although not the first person to have a baby following a female-to-male transition, Beatie is debatedly the first person legally recoginized as a man to give birth after transitioning.
Thomas Beatie told TMZ.com he reached out to Dancing With the Stars several months ago in hopes of securing a spot on the show. He never heard back about the idea but now he wonders if season 13 producers thought they’d go for a more famous transgender guy instead — Chaz Bono.
Beatie said he understands why Dancing With the Stars would not want to cast two transgender people on the same season, but he’s still dissapointed. He told TMZ.com he really “wanted to try my new body out. I’m an athlete and I know I would have excelled.”
Chaz Bono will be competing on Dancing With the Stars season 13 with professional dance partner Lacey Schwimmer. The Dancing With the Stars season 13 premiere takes place on Monday, September 19 at 8PM ET/PTroutine.