[Image via FameFlynetpictures.]
Chaz Bono stripped down to his shorts and posed for the new 2011 Out 100 list.
In honor of being named on the list, Chaz posed shirtless while shaving his neck for famed photographer Gavin Bond.
The photo (above) is said to be inspired by a similiar shot by the late photographer Richard Avedon.
The furor directed at ABC after it announced that Chaz Bono, who underwent reassignment surgery last year, would be included in the current season of hit reality show Dancing With the Stars simply confirmed the value of the network’s bold decision. After years in which American Idol contestants were encouraged to keep their sexuality private, seeing Bono dancing with his female instructor was one of television's most inspiring images of 2011 — and a salutary reminder of how rare such positive images are. Bono's other achievements this year include a documentary, Becoming Chaz, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and garnered three Emmy nominations, and the publication of his third book, Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man.
Great choice. And great photo. Congratulations, Chaz. We are so very proud of you.