Annette Bening’s Trans Son Settles Beef With Chaz Bono

Not everyone in the trans community was thrilled with Chazo Bono’s performance on Dancing with the Stars.Stephen Ira Beatty (at right), the 19-year-old trans son of Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, called Bono a misogynist for commenting in interviews that transgender people are born with a “birth defect.”

In a September 19 post on his blog SuperMattachine Review , Beatty wrote:

“Chaz has appointed himself as the representative of a group of people who are not all like him.  He has said misogynistic and prescriptivist things about gender.  I take particular issue with his comments on trans embodiment and on women.

…Here’s the interview that finally made me decide I was done with Chaz.  It’s with the New York Times:

“There’s a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they’re mismatched. That’s all it is. It’s not complicated, it’s not a neurosis. It’s a mix-up. It’s a birth defect, like a cleft palate.”

I do not have a birth defect.  If you feel like you have a birth defect, fine.  That’s how you feel.  Go feel that. Do not put it onto me. Do not define me that way, and do not define other trans people that way unless they claim that label.

It’s beyond that, though.  Chaz is a misogynist.  He is a trans man who seems to believe that his female-assignedness and his female socialization makes him immune from being a misogynist, and he is manifestly wrong.”


But in the two months since that post went up, Beatty has had some time to think, and last week he posted a follow-up. In it, he writes:

“I bear [Chaz] no ill will. I just don’t want anyone thinking that he’s qualified to offer Trans 101, you know?

…Just a couple of years after I came out, I was saying prescriptivist misogynistic nonsense too. I read a lot, I learned a lot, I spent time living as a trans guy in the world, and I came out the other side of that worldview.

I didn’t have a huge amount of fame or exposure when I came out, though, the way Chaz did, and didn’t feel obligated to make myself a spokesman.

I would be more than happy to sit down with Chaz, have a drink, and talk with him about how he can think and talk about gender in a way that’s more inclusive.”

How about it Chaz—from one celebrity scion to another?


Source:, Images via Bilerico Project, Lydia Marcus