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Warren Beatty’s Transgender Son Reflects on Chaz Bono Criticism

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Back in September, Warren Beatty’s transgender son Stephen Ira Beatty took to his blog and accused fellow transgender man and Dancing With The Stars participant Chaz Bono a “misogynist.”

In particular, Ira’s criticism targeted Bono’s view that transgender individuals are born with a birth defect. Chaz described being transgender as having a body and brain that don’t share a gender, and that being born transgender was the equivalent of being born with a cleft palate. That’s a remark Ira felt was unrepresentative of the transgender community:

“I do not have a birth defect. If you feel like you have a birth defect, fine. That’s how you feel. Go feel that. Do not put it onto me. Do not define me that way, and do not define other trans people that way unless they claim that label.”

While Beatty’s post is now two months old, that hasn’t stopped most media outlets reporting his views as though they are new (which I get: I mean, the prospect of whipping up a storm over Stephen vs. Chaz brings in the hits, right?)

Indeed, many outlets have ignored his follow-up post that’s dated November 17th. In his latest post, Ira reflects:

“I bear [Chaz] no ill will. I just don’t want anyone thinking that he’s qualified to offer Trans 101, you know? He’s in a difficult position and he’s chosen to deal with it in a certain way. […] But Chaz already gets so much shit, and you know what? Just a couple of years after I came out, I was saying prescriptivist misogynistic nonsense too. I read a lot, I learned a lot, I spent time living as a trans guy in the world, and I came out the other side of that worldview.”

Do you think Bono’s original remarks about birth defects were out of line?

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9 Responses to “Warren Beatty’s Transgender Son Reflects on Chaz Bono Criticism”

  1. Ingrid Ericsen

    No I feel that Chaz's comments about it being related to some type of birth defect is probably the most logical I've ever heard regarding gender issues. Nothing wrong with it being "labeled" in this way. What's the big damn deal? There is no stigma in calling it a birth defect as far as I can see. If your mind, hormones & soul do not match your outside appearance (genitalia), then there WAS a screw up of some sort during your initial development. Otherwise it's all about "choice" and I'm not buying that. Addressing and correcting the problem (regardless of what term is politically correct to use) is what people should focus on! Stephen Beatty needs to get over himself and move on!

  2. Steven Allen

    who cares about u or that outher thing your parents r 2 blame that's why this world is screwd up, parents don't give their children the love an guidence they need!

  3. Natasha Santangelo

    Ira or what's his/her name should just shut up. I mean Chaz was describing his feelings. He didn't say that ALL. Chaz has a right to give his opinion and how he feels. Ira didn't have to put himself/herself into Chaz's statement.

  4. Anne M. Todd

    Chasity Bono is real girl. She is not understand what is the "gay" means not same sex as boy to boy like girl to girl. Dumb her. Man is seeking woman as Woman is seeking man that's better. I don't like her as Chasity Bono. Back Off!

  5. Patricia Weston

    I think the issue of transgender identity is a very difficult and complex thing for anyone to try to understand and navigate. Each individual must come to terms with it in their own time and in their own way. Chaz is a different generation than the Beatty guy and attitudes have changed over the years. May they both find peace and happiness.

  6. Christopher Koulouris

    Of course what you have to remember is the fact that Chaz himself was born a woman before having a series of operations that facilitated his biological male gender. Whether the operation dealt with that part of Chaz’s psychological make up is another thing, after all the way Stephen sees it it could be an issue that Chaz is talking with her misaligned female quotient. Or could it be a situation that Chaz has appropriated his (disgust) mixed feelings of having been born a female into his ethos that being the ‘wrong’ gender is tantamount to a birth defect?

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