Every few weeks I search Netflix for a documentary. A few weeks ago I happened to watch Becoming Chaz, the story of Cher’s daughter (Chastity) undergoing the long and physically / emotionally difficult gender change journey to become a man. Fascinating, sad, and moving.
So what a coincidence to hear from Ande Lyons about her recent interview with Rachel Love – who was raised as a man only to find in midlife that he possessed the genitalia of both a man and a woman. (His mother had had to choose his sex at his birth, and chose male. His female genitalia were essentially surgically closed.) What a story!! From credit card rating changes to lower paying jobs to doctors asking questions about sexual activity which she was never asked as a man… it’s an amazing tale. And on the physical differences not related to genitalia, she shared an amazing observation – that when her estrogen levels were raised during her gender change process, she felt as though she’d been wearing a leather skin all over her body that had now been removed… she felt the breeze on her skin like never before, smells were stronger, colors were brighter. Fascinating and kind of magical, don’t you think?