This is such a huge step! We really can't commend his bravery enough!
Chaz Bono has revealed that once he has saved up enough money, he will be completing his transformation into a man by undergoing the procedure for a sex change!
'I could get a phalloplasty, which builds the phallus from a donor site on your body, but I'm currently leaning more towards a metoidioplasty. It's a process that uses what you already have down there, which has grown larger from the testosterone. You end up with a smaller phallus than with the phalloplasty, but it's fully functional - it gets erect, and the sensation is all there. But, you know, soft it's probably about three inches, and it grows considerably. I don't know what the average difference is, but when I'm having sex I probably get three or four times larger. I think Jen wished I wouldn't get the bottom done, but she understood my need to. You have to understand - for me the life transformation has already happened. Testosterone has definitely changed things. I've pretty much lost the ability to have more than one orgasm at a time - but the ones I do have feel more intense. [It's] literally like going through a second puberty. I have more hair on my back than on my chest. I've waited my whole life to be able to have body hair - but I never thought I'd have back hair. But what are you going to do, right? I'd like to have the testicular implants, and be able to urinate through it. The doctor I want to use is in Belgrade. It's going to be a little cheaper there. Probably $25,000, maybe $45,000, I really don't know. [Cher] She has [helped out financially] in the past when there's been a problem or issue, but no, I don't like to take money from my mom more than anybody else does. Being self-supporting is important to me. She's not 100 percent comfortable. For her, it's a process.'
Wow! We give him a lot of credit for being so candid - especially about such a personal part of his life!
We imagine your story will help so many struggling with the same kind of issues, as well as parents of transgender children who may not understand exactly what they're going though!
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