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Say What? Chaz Bono Sheds Light on Transgender Experience


"I always felt like the male from the time I was a child. There wasn't much feminine about me. I believe that gender is something between your ears not between your legs."

— Chaz Bono, the child of Sonny Bono and Cher, explains why he decided to transition from female to male. In his first interview since announcing his decision, Chaz says that he didn't want to wait until he was an old man to enjoy his life in a male body.


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Miss-Tina Miss-Tina 6 years
I find it amazing that someone who is this known publically is so open about such a hard decision and concept for others to grasp right now. He is amazing!
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 6 years
Hank is just trying to get a rise, that is all.. dont fall into the traps
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
^^^ Just let it be, those who disagree with the above monster. its just a halloween spook that crawled out of the dark ages.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
@phillyeagles1- chaz is a he, not a she.@pontneuf-thank you for bringing that up, but enda legislation hasn't passed at the federal level yet.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
@phillyeagles1- chaz is a he, not a she. @pontneuf-thank you for bringing that up, but enda legislation hasn't passed at the federal level yet.
PontNeuf PontNeuf 6 years
CaterpillarUnfortunately, up until the new ENDA, it was perfectly legal to fire someone for transitioning.
PontNeuf PontNeuf 6 years
Caterpillar Unfortunately, up until the new ENDA, it was perfectly legal to fire someone for transitioning.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
i thank chaz for explaining transsexuality in such a succinct and accesible way. i wish him luck with his transition.
PhillyEagles1 PhillyEagles1 6 years
A shame she has to go through all of this.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
From my understanding:sex: biological. sexual parts, hormones, etc. USUALLY pretty clear cut.gender: how you identify yourself. much more complicated. usually in sync with sex (I have female parts and I identify as female), but for someone like Chaz, gender and sex are different.spacecat, very cool that your relative transitioned. hope she or she is doing well !
runningesq runningesq 6 years
From my understanding: sex: biological. sexual parts, hormones, etc. USUALLY pretty clear cut. gender: how you identify yourself. much more complicated. usually in sync with sex (I have female parts and I identify as female), but for someone like Chaz, gender and sex are different. spacecat, very cool that your relative transitioned. hope she or she is doing well !
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
I had a guidance counselor who left school a man, came back a woman....and they let her go. she probably should have sued but she didnt.
KMattes KMattes 6 years
"Chaz says that he didn't want to wait until he was an old man to enjoy his life in a male body."Good for him. How sad that not everyone in this sitaution is able/willing to enjoy life NOW how they feel most natural.
KMattes KMattes 6 years
"Chaz says that he didn't want to wait until he was an old man to enjoy his life in a male body." Good for him. How sad that not everyone in this sitaution is able/willing to enjoy life NOW how they feel most natural.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
no I am a republican! I am torn about how gender is defined, is it a state of mind, hormones, body parts? all of the above? I get how some people feel trapped and i applaud them for even being able to say something and do something about it, if it makes them happy they should go for it. BTW i used to want to be Chastity when i was a kid, because Cher would always dress him up in the best clothes....kind of ironic isnt it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
no I am a republican! I am torn about how gender is defined, is it a state of mind, hormones, body parts? all of the above? I get how some people feel trapped and i applaud them for even being able to say something and do something about it, if it makes them happy they should go for it. BTW i used to want to be Chastity when i was a kid, because Cher would always dress him up in the best clothes....kind of ironic isnt it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
I still dont know what to think about all that. I am torn about gender issues.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
It's sad the mind and the body are not always in sync.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 6 years
Hi spacekatgal! Say What's just the name of our feature for notable quotes. I'm diggin' the quote too. :)
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