Transition by Chaz Bono

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Chaz Bono's groundbreaking and candid account of a forty-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male

At first, America knew the only child of Sonny and Cher as Chastity, the cherubic little girl who appeared on her parents' TV show. In later years, she became famous for coming out on a national stage, working with two major organizations toward LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and publishing two books. And just within the past eighteen months, Chaz Bono has entered the public consciousness as the most high-profile transgender person ever.

All through the hoopla surrounding his change, Chaz has insisted on maintaining his privacy. Now, in Transition, Chaz finally tells his story. 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 of changing his gender. In Part Two, he offers an unprecedented record in words and photographs of the actual transition, a real-time diary as he navigates uncharted waters. These chapters capture the day-to-day momentum of his life as his body changes.

Throughout the book, Chaz touches on themes of identity, gender, and sexuality; parents and children; and how harboring secrets shatters the soul. It is an amazing contribution to our understanding of a much- misunderstood community.

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About Chaz Bono

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CHAZ BONO is the only child of Sonny Bono and Cher, and for the past fifteen years, an active LGBT rights advocate, author, and speaker. He lives with his girlfriend in Los Angeles.BILLIE FITZPATRICK is a writer who has collaborated on many bestselling titles, including Chaz's first book, Family Outing.
Published May 10, 2011 by Plume. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction
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Peak Rank on May 29 2011
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“He has helped us to better understand . . . others who question their sexual identities and their sexual selves—and in doing so, he has helped us to better understand ourselves.”

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Transition

The Pacific Northwest Inlander

They all look happy, Bono says in the new book Transition (which he wrote with Billie Fitzpatrick), but he doesn’t remember that day, or much of his childhood.

May 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Transition

Carlin Romano

Michelle Solomon, in The Guardian (July 23 2010), is slightly more reserved, dubbing it a “relationship movie” and noting that the high-profile actresses will allow it to “[avoid] being pigeonholed as a ‘gay movie.’” (Thank god for this, that’s what I say.) If you want to read the intelligent r...

Dec 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Transition

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