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