Posted 08 November 2010 - 01:37 AM
Been on T since April of 08, although I've had "my little issue" for the last, say about 50 some odd years or so. It's always fun to attempt to explain to the parents and they say you're nuts.
Fortunately, Mom eventually came around...pity she passed away just shy of a month ago.
Chaz...way to go dude! I'm glad I finally found this forum.
I've been following stuff with you since your announcement some time ago.
I can relate although I don't have to deal with the idiot media.
Know you've got a cheering section off in the background.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 04:38 PM
Thank you Chaz, for setting this forum up. You're an amazing Man and you're very blessed to have a Mom that supports you and tries to put herself in your shoes in order to understand.
It's a long hard journey when you're us. It's wonderful to have the support of others who understand what you're going through.
Happy New Year to Everyone!
Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:22 AM
Thank you for this site, and congrats on all you are doing for folks like us! My hat is off to you.
I'm Andrew and live on the East Coast. I am thrilled with this site, and to meet many of my other brothers here who seem to get it.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:50 AM
Thank you so much for creating this forum. I am a single mom to my 12 yr old transgender son (FTM) I love him as my son and hope to pave the way for a better life for him. I want him to feel love and acceptance more than anything. I look forward to support from this forum.
Posted 09 May 2011 - 01:09 PM
I'm 52 years old and mother of two, and every day I am more and more conscious about how important it is to make one's self a priority, as I just heard Chaz say in his interview.
Nothing like being in peace with who you are.
Thank you, Chaz, for being an inspiration
Best of luck to you.
Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:13 AM
Just a few weeks ago my high-school age daughter revealed to me that she feels like a male in a female body and she identified that feeling years ago. I must say, in a sense she reminded me of how I perceived Chaz while watching his parents' show during my youth...I felt I saw a different and wise soul behind those eyes. I do not subscribe to the idea that Transgender identity is a choice. Although I cannot relate to feeling/being trans, I know that just because I don't share the experience doesn't make it less true.
My daughter (son?) has suffered quite a bit with this secret as well as being hospitalized for an eating disorder. Both these issues have taken a toll in many ways and I'm very concerned. We have good therapeutic support from non-judgmental counselors (although don't specialize in either of these topics...they are more than willing to learn as much as possible).
I have two main questions at this point:
1. How does one know that being trans- is from internal "essence" and not something else?
2. How do I find "safe" communities in our area so we are not going this alone? (We live in D.C. metro area).
This is an unexpected road in life's journey, which I'm sure will be easier - even sweeter - because of Chaz and you all here.
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Posted 11 May 2011 - 04:48 AM
I really appreciate having this forum. I am FTM and didn't start my transition until I was over 50. It has now been 5 years and I am so much happier. My kids are good with the transition now although they don't really understand it, they accept me for who I am. I guess it's weird to say my mother is a man, but they know I'm happy and that's what counts.
I am starting to be more involved in the trans community and would love to share thoughts and ideas.
I just finished Chaz's new book Transition and I want to thank you for writing it. It really spoke to me and validated a lot of my own feelings about transitioning and my life pre and post transition.
Posted 11 May 2011 - 08:56 PM
I watched "Becoming Chaz" on OWN yesterday and was absolutely blown away! I am in awe of you Chaz. Thank you for choosing to share your journey with all who choose to watch your documentary.
(At 59 years of age I feel like a groupie. I've set my DVR to record all of your upcoming interviews - starting with David Letterman this evening.)
I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:18 PM
My name is Beth and I just found your Web site. I'm a straight woman, but I've been interested in the transgender community and the horribly unfair discrimination its members suffer ever since I read the story of Brandon Teena and later saw the movie "Boys Don't Cry." I am so sorry you had to go through so much pain and unhappiness in your life, and I'm so impressed with your courage and your efforts to explain transgenderism to people in a clear and understandable way. You are incredibly intelligent and articulate, not to mention brave!
I saw you on both "Oprah" and "David Letterman" this week, and you were awesome - so composed, poised and mature. I agree with you 100% that transgenderism is a condition, not a "psychological disorder." I'm confident that your efforts will help improve the situation. It may be a slow process, but with you as a spokesman, progress will be made! You're absolutely right when you say that people fear what they don't understand, and you have a real gift for making complicated things understandable in a calm and "nonthreatening" way.
I just ordered your book, and I can't wait to read it. I wish I could see the documentary "Becoming Chaz" on OWN, but I don't get the channel. I apologize if this question has been answered elsewhere, but is there a way for people who don't get OWN to see the film?
Best wishes to you!
Posted 12 May 2011 - 04:31 PM
I certinly hope I have chosen the correct format in which to contact you. I watched your program. "transition", with at firs some hesitation. I did not understand your journey or detination to self discovery, but was extremely curious. So you can imagine my surprise when I fee in love with you almost immediately. You were/are charming, and caring, and sensitive, and so smart. Your quick and intelligent and a delight to listen to. Your thoughts and views and opinons are spot on and your articulate yourself so well. I wish you all the best, and hope that the rest of your life is spent with joy and happiness and all the goodness you can handle. God Bless You Chaz and all the good you do, and all the people you touch.
Posted 12 May 2011 - 06:38 PM
I can't Thank You enough for this site, your book, your documentry to us all. I am a Grandmother of a 10 yr old grandson who has been talking to me over the past several years about his wanting to be a girl. I know I am the only one he shares his feeling with but already as he is getting older he is more careful of what he says but when just the two of us he is more open. I have been trying to find out more about being transgender, as well as understanding it. Now I feel maybe I can find help through other parents/grandparents who are realizing our kids need help and we all need education. I will continue to seek out resources although I do not think their is much in our area.
Anyway, I am thankful for your coming forward and helping us all.
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Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:18 PM
Thank you again
Chaz u are the man!!!! So proud of u