The Story of How I Became A Man

eBook - 2011
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At first, America knew the only child of Sonny and Cher as Chastity, the cherubic little girl who appeared on her parents' TV show. Later, she came out on a national stage, working with major organizations toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. Then, within eighteen months, Chaz Bono became the most high-profile transgender person ever. Part One traces his decision to transition, beginning in his childhood--when he played on the boys' teams and wore boys' clothing whenever possible--and going through his painful, but ultimately joyful, coming out in his twenties, up to 2008, when, after the death of his father, drug addiction, and five years of sobriety, Chaz was finally ready to begin the process. In Part Two, he offers a record of the actual transition, a real-time diary as he navigates uncharted waters. Throughout the book, Chaz touches on themes of identity, gender, and sexuality; parents and children; and how harboring secrets shatters the soul.--From publisher description.
Published: New York : Dutton, c2011.
ISBN: 9781101468142
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 245 p., [8] p. of plates) :,ill. (chiefly col.).
Additional Contributors: Fitzpatrick, Billie


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Aug 07, 2013

Although parts of this were a bit unfocused and not relating to the overall story, I found this autobiography to be extremely interesting and educational. I've been given a greater understanding of the trans community in reading it, and the writing is clear, concise, and relatable. I'd recommend this for anyone interested in GLBT studies, or curious about transgender, or who wants to be challenged about their perception of gender roles/identity. I definitely found it interesting, and I imagine anyone who is or may be transgender would also find it inspiring.

Aug 15, 2012

A very revealing memoir about transitioning, and a life in the spotlight. A window into a marginalized community.

Jan 13, 2012

Chaz Bono's third book raises important questions about cis privilege in Western society and how non-gender-conforming people can be mistreated and misunderstood. I had hoped that this book would be more analytical, that it would address gender dynamics beyond clothing choices, sexuality, and hormones, but I found myself disappointed by the end of the book. Having previously read Whipping Girl, by MTF transsexual author Julia Serano, I now understand the difference between gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality; Chaz Bono fails to explain these terms to a layperson and thus wastes an important opportunity to improve understanding among cissexual readers. Bono also fails to explore the upper-class privilege that allowed him to live comfortably for the first forty years of his life without being consistently employed. Chaz's male privilege becomes rather disturbing near the end of the book, when he describes his impatience with women's "chatter," accuses his loyal girlfriend Jenny of being a "nag," and suggests that his research into transitioning indicates that his "reasoning could become more linear and [his] thought process more logical" once he went on testosterone. For a more informative account of how FTM transsexuals are treated in the workplace after transition, I recommend reading chapter five of Cordelia Fine's 2010 book, Delusions of Gender.

loonylovesgood Sep 04, 2011

An honest and fascinating memoir. A bit repetitive at times (and could have used a better editing job) but overall, it was really interesting to read!

Jun 18, 2011

A touching memoir by the former Chastity Bono, in which he tells of coming to terms with being transgender and then proceeding to become a man.


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