The world television premiere of Chaz Bono’s documentary “Becoming Chaz,” the story of the transformation from a woman to a man, launches the OWN Documentary Film Club on Tuesday, May 10 (8 p.m.) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Immediately following the film, OWN Documentary Film Club collaborator Rosie O’Donnell will host a one-hour primetime special event from (10 p.m.) to discuss the film. In the special, O’Donnell will talk with Bono, his girlfriend Jennifer Elia, the filmmakers and other transgendered people and their families about this life-changing experience.
“Becoming Chaz” is the story of emotional and physical gender transition – and a journey of identity and self-discovery. Born Chastity, the only child of the legendary musical team Sonny and Cher, Bono grew up feeling uncomfortable in the spotlight, struggling to live inside a body that he knew wasn’t truly his. Deciding there was no choice but to undergo sex reassignment surgery, Bono and his girlfriend decided to document his deeply personal transformation so that others can learn from his experience.
The film also features interviews with Bono’s mother Cher – about the struggles she’s had in accepting a transgendered child, and the concerns over hormone treatments and other experiences Bono has had to adopt to continue the transition.
Here’s a clip from the documentary: