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‘Pregnant man’ speaks at UT’s Diversity Week

Diversity Week celebrates all kinds of diversity, but started as an LGBT prom event. Diversity Week celebrates all kinds of diversity, but started as an LGBT prom event.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Thomas Beatie, known as the pregnant man, was the keynote speaker at the University of Toledo's Diversity Week.

He is a transgender person, and when his wife could not get pregnant, they decided he would.

Beatie's message to students was that being different is normal. He spoke to them about his experience.

"You just have to live your life and be yourself, you can't worry about how other people's opinions are going to affect your life," he said. "Because you are the one that lives your life."

Diversity Week is put on by several campus organizations. One of the main events is the Diversity Ball. It started as a prom for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender high school students who were not allowed to take their partners to their own school dances, but it now celebrates all types of diversity.

Organizers of the event say hearing Beatie speak was inspiring.

"I remember hearing about Thomas being on Oprah back in high school," said Kelsey Friemoth, president of Spectrum. "Now that I'm part of the community, more so than I was in high school, I'm actually understanding that this is a huge struggle for him to even come talk to us about."

For more information on Diversity Week, visit their Facebook page.

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