The Madeleine Brand Show for May 23, 2011

Becoming Chaz: transgender transition under the media spotlight

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Singer and actress Cher, poses with her son Chaz Bono after he underwent gender reassignment surgery. Bono's transition is chronicled in a documentary called, "Becoming Chaz," that premiered on Oprah's network, OWN.

Chaz Bono, daughter of Sonny Bono and Cher, is no stranger to the media glare. As a toddler, then a girl named Chastity, he was a regular guest on the Sonny and Cher Show in the 60s and 70s. Now, at age 42, Chaz Bono is the subject of a new documentary called Becoming Chaz, where he allows cameras to capture his transition from female to male. He joins Madeleine to talk about the film and his new book.


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