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Chaz Bono On Falling In Love With Acting And Being Himself

The former Dancing with the Stars contestant joins Ernie on his journey into acting, his gender transition in the public eye, and how his life began at age 41.

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Children who grow up in the public eye may struggle to find who they are under the watchful, and often judgmental, eye of the public.

For Chaz Bono, that struggle was heightened by the incredible fame of his parents and by the knowledge that he was different- that he was a little boy in the body of a little girl. The acting was one of the first ways he understood what he truly was.

“At the time I didn’t know what was going on with me,” said Bono. “But in my senior year, in our big production that we do there, I got cast in a male role and it was the first time that I ever felt like I really knew what I was doing.”

Bono publicly announced his intention to transition from female to male at age 41, which he documented on Becoming Chaz in 2011, as a way to control the narrative of his own life and support others who are also transitioning.

He continues his love of acting in the new movie Reboot Camp, now available on streaming services. Click on the link below for a trailer of Reboot Camp. Please be aware of mature language in the video below.

Then, Pete Makopoulos-Senftleber shares his personal story as a trans man and how he gained the confidence to live his dream of becoming an attorney to help other trans people fight for their legal rights.

Guest:

Pete Makopoulos-Senftleber

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