“If I woke up tomorrow in a guy’s body, I would just kick and scream and cry and f**king rob a bank, because I cannot see myself as anything but who I am — a girl. I would not take it as well as Chaz has. I couldn’t imagine it. … She’s a very smart girl — boy! This is where I get into trouble. My pronouns are f**ked. I still don’t remember to call her ‘him.’”
— Burlesque star Cher on her daughter-turned-son, Chaz Bono, who had gender reassignment surgery and was legally granted permission to change his name and gender this past May. I’m sure a lot of parents like Cher are supportive of their kid’s decision to have a sex change, but find it hard to say “Chaz” instead of “Chastity.”
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In the wake of Chasity Bono’s big decision to have gender reassignment surgery, a transgender center in Maryland says they are busier than ever. One client on their roster is Renee Ramsay, formerly Richard—a 77-year-old man becoming a woman. No Friskians, that was no typo: 77. But doctors say that although the sex-change surgery is a complex procedure, age is not typically an issue.
Renee’s story actually kind of tugs at my heartstrings. She used to be in the military, was married twice, and for a long time would cross-dress when off-duty because of the whole don’t-ask-don’t-tell thing. So why did Renee wait so dang long to get lady parts? Well … she never wanted to upset her wife, who passed away recently. And well … it ain’t cheap. Renee has been saving up for this moment almost her entire life. At 77, she’s finally happy and feels like herself. I guess it’s never too late to change … your gender. [CBS] Keep reading »
Kim Petras has a lot going on in her life, and she’s only a teenager. She was signed to a record label and released a CD; her first single, “Last Forever,” became popular on MySpace and YouTube; she works as a model; oh, and she also had a sex change. Kim Petras use to be Tim Petras. Only 16., she began hormone replacement therapy at 12. By 14, she was officially a girl. Recently, she finished gender reassignment surgery. She told The Sun, “I was asked if I feel like a woman now, but the truth is I have always felt like a woman. I just ended up in the wrong body.” She’s believed to be the world’s youngest transsexual. These days, she’s studying to be a fashion designer. What ambition at such a young age! [AOL]
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Besides the people, of course, the thing that makes work bearable are the perks — free coffee and tea if the companyâ€™s cheap, all the way to yoga classes and dry cleaning if the company is generously loaded. (I would greatly appreciate the latter, as I just spent $130 at my cleanerâ€™s.) But, if youâ€™re thinking about making a life change, specifically, a sex change, you should try to get hired at Goldman Sachs. Last year, the financial firm added health-insurance coverage for sex reassignment surgery, which can cost $5,000 to $150,000 per individual. While it’s not a benefit that most people would take advantage of, like profit sharing, we appreciate the effort they’re putting into keeping their employees happy. [Fortune] Keep reading »