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CHAZ BONO talks Becoming Chaz and transitioning from female to male

by Jim on May 16, 2011 · 0 comments

Chaz Bono with Oprah Winfrey during his interview on a recent show.

Never being one to bask in the spotlight the way of her famous parents (Cher and Sonny Bono), Chaz Bono is now the center of attention by choice for sharing his story of going from Chastity to Chaz during his transition from female to male. In both the documentary Becoming Chaz (which is currently airing on OWN) and his new memoir,Transitioning: The Story of How I Became A Man, Chaz has opened up his life in the most honest and brave way for one sole reason – to educate people on what it means to be transgender and finally getting to be the person you’ve always felt you were.

I had a chat with Chaz recently to talk about the making of the documentary, how people still need to learn the difference between homosexuality and being transgender and how Cher has dealt with these profound changes.

Jim Halterman: You probably had a lot of choices to film your story but what was it about Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato that made them the right choice to take the helm of Becoming Chaz?

Chaz Bono: They just really understood the subject matter, I felt. I had seen their documentaries but really had been a fan of their work since I saw “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and I started to investigate more of what they’ve done. They did a really great series called “TransGeneration” about a group of transgender college kids and I thought they would do the best job.

JH: You say in the movie that you don’t love your picture taken or being in the spotlight. So why do this movie where you are front and center?

Chaz Bono: If I had a choice in the matter, I would have done this privately and I would’ve done it years ago but since I don’t have that luxury, I wanted to try to do something special…CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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