November 22nd, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Opinion: Chaz Bono: 'Stop focusing on the ways we're all different'

Chaz Bono is an LGBT rights advocate, an author, a recent "Dancing with the Stars" cast member and the only child of entertainers Sonny and Cher. On November 27, "Being Chaz," a documentary follow-up to the Emmy-nominated "Becoming Chaz," will debut on The Oprah Winfrey Network. It follows his life after transitioning from female to male.

He's in the public eye now, but grew up in the limelight of a very different America - ethnically, racially, socially. When CNN Entertainment asked Bono to discuss his view of today’s America, he said the country has progressed, but is more divided than he ever thought it could be.


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  1. Patti

    Chaz Bono is a freak. God does not make mistakes, just stupid and ignorant ones..such as this creep. he isn't male at all, just tries to look like one his insides are still female and will always be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avielle

      I would say God makes no mistakes> but one of his worst mistakes was creating that idiot!!!

      November 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
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        November 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Truth

    Removing her breasts looks even more bizarre because at her weight, even a man would have breasts (gynomastia.) A double mastectomy and hormones no more makes a woman a man than castration and high heels makes a man a woman.
    She needs an addadicktomy.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Uly

    So chaz this world will always revolve and wheater we are adults or not people wil always make selfish opinions and decision. For instance you wanted to become a boy even thou nature itself brough you as a girl, so I believe your selfish act brought the opinions of other people for that and some may be selfish or gruesome. So sure we should al stop focusing on how we are all diffirent but as well we all should go as that saying says, mind our own business. Of course this is my opinion about it so don't think I care about what decisions your making.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kelsi Kramer

    All you haters should be ashamed of yourselves. Calling Chaz an it and a girl. Chaz is a man whether you like it or not and he's just making a point which he has the right to. Keep your bigotry to yourself.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Raven

      Well said!

      November 23, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Say it ain't so Joe

      Ok 1- Was "he" born a female? Yes. 2- Does "he" have the anatomy of a male or female? Female. She can change her name, remove her breasts and get injections so she can grow a beard back facts are facts, she is a she. And not willing to reconize her as a male does not make one a bigot, it just means that you aren't willing to listen to what others tell you is acceptable and reconize things for what they really are.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Laurence Ringo

    Sorry"Chaz",but the only time Americans focus on your differences is when you yourself bring them into focus.We all make choices as informed adults;I'm sure once you reached adulthood,you thought long and hard about the choices you finally decided to make,so...here we are.With choices comes consequences,good and/or bad,and they are ours as well.The world is what it is,and frankly,to most of the world,there is no credible explanation or reason you can give that can give your choices validity or reason except to you.Being a somewhat public figure,you must be prepared to be the object of whispering stares and intrusive curiousity,at least in the foreseeable future.I'm sure the day will come when this will not be the case,but until then...it is what it is.-Peace and Love in Christ

    November 23, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Fattal

    I am not focusing on any thing. But sometimes I want to know what Chaz exactly is. I have the same inquiry to know what Justin Bieber is. And the only we can unfocus ourselves is for someone like Chaz or Bieber disappear from the news.

    November 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raven

      They are both people, just like you and me.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. xjdavid

    But Chaz, that's exactly what you did. If you had focused on how we were alike, you wouldn't have had the surgery.

    November 22, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hawaiiduude

    chaz bono you are the one who is different.

    November 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Victor Schramm

    I agree with Say It Aint So and the butterfly analogy. Who cares and why put this person in the media o much? Especially when they have no media value except to divide us by our beliefs and opinions. 24 hr news keeps our nation divided. Occupy them and Congress! Wanna cut off your goods or remove what your parents and nature gave you, fine. Freedom is one thing, but forced tolerance and mind control by guilt is not a choice. The media instigates division in our country and stays rich and runs off of OUR ANGER AND FEAR. We need to take our country back. Land of the free, but One Nation Under God, Indivisble... Whether you don't like your natural self or not. Doesn't mean you gotta stick it in our faces 24 by 7. Media and news have become our moral puppetmasters in this country. From politics to how we behave at home as a family-cartoons, video games, music, news make US anymore. When did we stop imagining, creating and loving who we are? Let's just pump out remakes and super hero movies and make the rich richer while China owns us and we fight amongst ourselves. Hahahaha.

    November 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kevin g

    The Truth will set you free. She is not a He

    November 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawaiiduude

      she is an it.

      November 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Oh, yeah it "he" looks male. For Pete sake, Chaz still has a very high feminine voice. You can still tell it's a female, the surgery has changed nothing...not really. And why is s/he still so obese.

      November 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LBLois

    I just think it is sad that the Beatty kid threw Chaz under the bus the way he did. They were both once women and now they are men. They should stick together and not be mean to one another because they need each other's strength. Too many people do not understand what they have done and this creates anger and hostility.

    November 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raven

      Unfortunately, prior to Beatty "throwing Chaz under the bus" Chaz did just that to a good portion of the Trans community by calling his birth gender a "birth defect". He then made some incredibly chauvanistic and misogynist remarks and tried to say it was because he was taking testosterone, and it was changing the way he interacted with women.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. jarvis

    Hey I know that guy. He used to be the little blonde girl at the end of the Sonny and Cher Show.

    November 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawaiiduude

      i got u babe...

      November 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • lroy

        Poor Sonny must be spinnin in his grave. Poor Cher, now she has two "sons".

        November 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Say it ain't so Joe

    Idiots of America have spoken, well done

    November 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it ain't so Joe

      This was to a obscene poster that has since been removed

      November 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Say it ain't so Joe

    Why is it that when a person changes their name and cuts off particular parts of their body, the rest of the world have to recognize them for whatever they have surgically or chemically changed themselves in to? If not, those people are insensitive, biased, misinformed ignorant and any other term that you want to through in here. If I stapled butterfly wings to my back and started bouncing around flowers all day long, does that make me a butterfly and the rest of the world have to see me as a butterfly? As much as SHE wants to be, SHE is NOT a HE!

    November 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      II love the butterfly analogy but I think you're more of a gypsy moth type. Love.

      November 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Georgie

    If it weren't for Chaz Bono's "differences," nobody would know nor care who he is. I am in no way dismissing the difficulties that transgendered people face, I just think that if Chaz Bono really wanted people's differences to be non-issues, he wouldn't be on television making specials about his own.

    November 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jim Dandey

    Is he (she? it?) kidding? He's the poster child for "different"! And "different" and "unique" is what this country is all about...

    November 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      If one was to believe all the stories about MJ, the same could still be said about him. Face it, we're ALL different in one way or another but we're all human, not giraffes. Just some people like to flaunt it. If Chaz was Joe Shmoe and not the product of a very famous couple, we wouldn't be having this blog and 99.9% of us wouldn't give a fig.

      November 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  17. JGN

    Eva's Miff; X and Y chromosomes differ in their percentages widely from body to body regardless of whether the person is female or male. What about androgynists? Yes, ignorant people, there really are people born with both 'parts' and no they are not 'freaks'. A more accepting world would be able to see clearly that every body is different and stop making such a big deal about it. Your religions screw up your ability to use your minds, let alone your hearts, and let people be who they want to be. How could it possibly even effect you whether Chaz is a man or a woman? You can drag up any fake or alarmist ideas you want about how transgenderism is somehow ruining the world but you're only deluding yourselves. Stick to your own business; you might even become a better and happier person for it!

    November 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Pan3

    Way to go Chaz! You are an insperation!

    November 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Dandey

      It's called a dictionary; check it out.

      November 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jarvis

      Not feeling the inspiration.

      November 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. M.A. Lighstey

    I feel that the whole LGBT is freaking crazy any1 that aint happy with themselves and needs a spiritual and mental touch.

    November 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Dominique

    Why does the media continually affirm these people in their deviant behaviors by using the words he for people who were born and remain female and she for people who were born and remain males? Aggravating...

    November 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eva's muff

      She does still have lady parts so you're right. Even if she were to elect cosmetic alteration of her box she'd still always be a female by her XX chromosome arrangement. That's what always makes me laugh. As much as they want to delude themeselves into saying they are a new gender chromosomes always say differently.

      November 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim Dandey

        You talk chromosomes but still think gender confusion is a choice? What a dichotomy of ignorance you are...

        November 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Say it ain't so Joe

        It would be gender confusion if she was dressing up like boys or men the majority of her life, which she wasn't. She just decided that she wanted to be male. No gender confusion about it.

        November 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. john davis

    I feel that chaz bono is an inspiration to others that walk the same path. Its not a choice. Its by design

    November 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Eva's muff

    Dude has reincarnated himself into John Candy

    November 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |