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Sunday, 15 May 2011

I love a leader-by-example

There I was tonight, watching the Oprah Winfrey Network to see the documentary about Chaz Bono.  I can't imagine the courage it must have taken to go through the transitioning process so far, and I have nothing but admiration for someone who can live it, and document it.

I wondered when I heard the buzz about the documentary whether or not it would be the TV equivalent of a vanity press book, but either I'm an entire Pollyanna, or Chaz is indeed a brave person with an eye to raising awareness about transgendered people.  He and his partner, his friends and his family seemed honest, sometimes painfully or achingly so, and sometimes burdened, which is surely to be expected, but what shone for me was his happiness, and his comfort with himself. 

I have a pantheon of heroes, some more tarnished than others, as I have lived a long time.  Chaz is among them.

But then, so is Cher.


  1. I'll have to check that out.

  2. I watched it as well Lorna, also the doc after it with Rosie O'Donnell which I found very interesting. Chas has become a hero of mine as well, her peace and contentment was so obvious after her transition....had to be very hard to live as she did, then to decide to transition. I wish her much happiness....:-)Hugs

  3. I'm sure we have it "taped" and will be watching it. Saw him on Oprah last week, and he does seem somewhat heroic. OWN seems to be doing some good things. Although, not being a fan, I was skeptical, I find the Judd series to be quite fascinating.

  4. hmmmmmmmm I'll have to look for it!!!!!

  5. I don't get OWN here but I see reviews which seem to show a definite penchant for new format and subject matter.

  6. I'm with you on this one, Lorna. I saw this show on late on the weekend it taped as I'm rarely home on weekday afternoons. Have you seen that one ad (can't remember the sponsor) where they flash all the faces of gay and transgender people? It's an excellent ad; think I had it on FB a few weeks ago. Can you tell I'm catching up on blogs?