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PEOPLE & Oprah Exclusive: The Pregnant Man Speaks Out

04/02/2008 at 02:30 PM EDT

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Video courtesy Harpo Productions

The "pregnant man" is speaking out about his decision to have a child – saying, "I'm a person and I have the right to have my own biological child."

In a special exclusive featured in this week's PEOPLE and on Thursday's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Thomas Beatie, a transgender male, talks about the baby he and wife Nancy are expecting this summer. "If Nancy could get pregnant, I wouldn't be doing this," Beatie tells PEOPLE of his wife's hysterectomy. "Who hires a surrogate if they are perfectly capable of carrying their own child?"

Click play for a teaser from Thursday's Oprah. Beatie told Oprah: "I see pregnancy as a process and it doesn't define who I am. Ironically, being pregnant doesn't make me feel any more female or feminine."

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