Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man

Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man

Chaz Bono, Billie Fitzpatrick

Language: English

Pages: 158

ISBN: 2:00139486

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The New York Times bestseller that asks: What happens on the journey from self-doubt to self-acceptance?

Imagine knowing, for decades, that the person you are and the body you inhabit don't match up. Imagine pushing that feeling down so deep that you convince yourself, for years, that it doesn't even exist. Imagine the havoc wreaked by such a secret.

Now, imagine living this life under the scrutiny of the public eye.

Chaz Bono has lived this life. We first met him as Chastity, the darling girl on stage with her parents, Sonny and Cher. Then, we knew her as an out lesbian and gay activist. Through all of this, Chaz was plagued by a nagging feeling that he wasn't living the life meant for him. It wasn't until he admitted, first to himself, then to his family, and finally to the world, that he was a transgender man, that Chaz Bono fully embraced his true self. In Transition, Chaz shares his deeply moving and ultimately triumphant account of the physical and emotional process that brought him to a place of peace, and finally happiness. With a message to anyone who has ever felt that they couldn't be who they really are, Transition is as inspirational as it is intimate.

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that were too different from ourselves. But even when I did a scene in which I was playing a lesbian character, I felt ill at ease. As odd as it sounds, the role felt like too much of a stretch. The scene was from the teen book Happy Endings Are All Alike, about two high school girls having a budding romance. They’d meet in the woods to be together, kiss, and you get the picture. I don’t clearly remember everything about the story line, but the essential premise should have been easy for me.

crunchy-granola-type lesbians who thought any attention to feminine style undermined you as a lesbian and feminist. But that just wasn’t Heidi’s natural style—gay or not. Heidi was a lipstick lesbian before anyone thought it was chic, and she created a lesbian identity that worked for her. So it was kind of ironic that she was putting some pressure on me to lose my natural masculine style. She focused on my hair first. Let it be known that I did have quite a horrible eighties hairstyle—it was

straight reality TV, which is not what I wanted. I also met with a handful of TV production companies, and again the only type of show they were interested in producing for me was some type of reality show. I was still pretty anti–reality TV then. I have since broadened my outlook on this television genre and believe that there are some truly creative, entertaining, and even beneficial reality shows now being made. I then wrote a treatment for a video game with a friend, who was a film producer,

support as she went through a breakup. Since getting sober, this was what made me feel most grounded in myself—giving back. I was biding my time until my closest and oldest friend, Shula, came over with her baby Anabelle, my goddaughter, to spend the afternoon in our pool. I love kids and am especially close to Shula’s baby. Anabelle is the only person who has known me only as a man. Then Howard called me. “The National Enquirer, has the story, and in order to beat them, TMZ has to go out with

an educational component and have actually positively affected individuals and created change. The fact that Jen believed that there was something inherently wrong with the special we were making, which bore my name, was very difficult for me. Around the same time, our older dog, Shorty, passed away, and we had rescued a six-week-old puppy, Luca, who was a little bundle of energy. I was also trying to get into shape for DWTS, and Jen was working on a proposal for a book that she wanted to write.

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