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How Chaz Bono is Being Unapologetically Chaz is all about being unapologetically YOU so you can heal, connect, and thrive. But doing so isnít always easy, and we all need role models.

Iíd like to shine a light on Chaz Bono, who is Owning Pink so fearlessly that Iím in awe. Chaz Bono was born Chastity, but he never felt like a girl. As a tomboy child, he struggled to fit in, and as a teen, he decided he must be a lesbian. But that didnít feel right either. Chaz just always felt like a man and suffered from the constant unsettling feeling that something just wasnít right. So two years ago, Chastity announced that she planned to become Chaz.

Back when Chaz first announced that he (then she) was going to undergo a sex change, I wrote this post praising the decision. Now, with the sex change process nearly done, Chaz is coming out with a memoir Transition, and a documentary Becoming Chaz. And Iím just tickled pink about the whole thing.

In a People magazine interview, Chaz discusses the challenges of being unapologetically Chaz. Apparently, Mama Cher just couldnít deal when she heard his voice deepening, and she cut him out of her life for a while. But then Cher announced on The Late Show, ďIf I woke up in a manís body, I would think, ĎOh my God, Iíve got to get out of here,í and thatís the way Chaz felt.Ē

Amen, sister.

Since then, Cher and Chaz have reestablished connection, but itís still a work in progress.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at† and also created two online communities -† and† She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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1:48PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Go Chaz! --And good for you Lissa. I have that inner joy at times and it's great! Thanks for the article, enjoyed.

1:37AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Haha interesting comments

5:52PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

I really couldn't care less about all this, good luck to all.

6:13PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Some days I wish I didn't read the comments.

Let's get something clear here: sex is genitalia.
Sexuality is attraction and action (gay, straight, pan- or asexuality)
Gender is NOT a synonym for sex. It is the perception (by others, self) of male or female attributes.

Chaz had genitalia that mismatched his gender.

Deciding to become the gender you feel you are is not simple, easily understood, or easily undertaken. It certainly isn't done to rebel against parents. (it also isn't cheap, with psychological therapy, hormone therapy and eventually surgeries)
It also has astronomical relationship costs: family, friends, lovers can all reject the transgendered person.
For lovers and partners, their sexuality becomes part of the puzzle. If a lesbian partner stays with a transman, she might be seen as straight. A wife who stays with a transwoman is now seen as a lesbian. That can be tough to realize your outward identity can change along with your partner.

But choosing not to live as your gender is denying yourself.

Imagine yourself in that position.

May your actions come back on you as you send them out into the world.

10:37AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011


2:22PM PDT on May 25, 2011

I applaud anyone who is willing to be themselves. It's not for me to judge another's actions or lifestyle. I choose to worry about my own business, stay true to myself and let God judge me and others for how I (and others) live their lives. Thank you, Lissa, for a wonderful article.

6:56AM PDT on May 25, 2011

beecoming who we are is a corageous journey, one which in one way or another we all must make

10:41AM PDT on May 23, 2011

I applaud the fortitude & bravery it took for Chaz to recognize his truth. I'm all for people being comfortable in their own skin. Other people may not understand it, but it doesn't mean you should judge someone for your ignorance. Chaz seems to be a very eloquent & intelligent person with a good heart. And Cher may have a hard time of it also, but ultimately she loves her child no matter what!

10:18PM PDT on May 22, 2011

Chaz has really been working the talk show circuit lately and s/he's constantly talking about how happy s/he is. S/he doesn't really look as happy as s/he claims to be. It's almost like s/he wants to prove a point or be the role model for this. S/he is an activist after all.

I read that s/he wants to talk to Brangelina about their "tomboy" daughter. C'mon now, you can alter your body with drugs and surgeries, but it's stepping over the line to say that a 4 year old is going to be like you.

8:09PM PDT on May 22, 2011

I am speechless for once.

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