Chaz Bono, the
activist-turned-author-turned-actor, says looking at old photographs
of himself is “painful.”
Bono, 42, told Oprah Winfrey during
Saturday's Oprah: Where Are They Now? that that's true for
most transgender people.
The author sat in a chair opposite
Winfrey and in front of a collection of old photos of himself.
“I thought it was interesting,”
Winfrey started. “My producer told me that she brought you out to
look at some of the photos. … And she shared with me that you
shared with her that looking at these old photos is not a comforting
“Yeah, for most transgender people we
don't really like to see pictures of us before transitioning because
life was really hard beforehand,” Bono
responded. “So, they're generally not happy memories.”
“It doesn't, you know, bring back fun
nostalgia. You're just reminded of the pain you were in,” he
Elsewhere on the program, Bono said
that he has a “different perspective” on women than most men.
“I don't think I understand women
particularly better than [most men]. Not the emotional side that we
don't get,” Bono
said. “No, I never had that.”