The documentary following Chastity Bono’s transition into Chaz Bono airs on OWN tonight and so he’s been making the media rounds to talk about that and his new memoir. One of those stops included E! News where Chaz talked with Marc Malkin about all sorts of things from why he borrowed the $10,000 for breast removal surgery from somebody other than his mom (“I didn’t want to go to my mom with it because it was something she was struggling with.”) to Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. Chaz volunteers at a support group for children with gender identity issues so he was asked what he thinks about Shiloh.
He volunteers for a support group for children with gender identity issues and their families. “I relate to these kids,” he says. “The difference between them and myself is that I didn’t articulate it and fight for it and say, ‘No, no, no! I’m a boy!’ I have so much respect for these kids that do.”
Bono doesn’t know Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and wouldn’t assume anything about their daughter Shiloh’s choice to dress more boyishly, but the media’s attention to the story did shed some light on gender identity. “I would love to talk to them at some point,” Bono says, “to at least let them know we have this resource for them if they ever need it.”
Even so, Bono says, “People get too freaked out about kids and what to do with kids. If you just let kids do what they need to do they usually have the right idea.“
Just because Shiloh is a tomboy today doesn’t mean that in 15 years she’ll tell all of us that she’s a man trapped in a girl messiah’s body. I mean, when I was Shiloh’s age I wore my mom’s pantyhose on my head and pretended it was a blonde wig. Do I do that today? Yes, I do, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a woman. However, I still think that Chaz needs to spend some time with Brangelina, but only so Shiloh and Maddox can take him shopping to stores other than Men’s Warehouse. Chaz was saying some very smart things on Oprah yesterday and the only thought that passed through my head was: “TORCH THAT SUIT!”