MAY 20 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 20 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
News that Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) is consideringa run for the U.S. Senate following the retirementannouncement of Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) last weekhas focused LGBT rights advocates on a tantalizing goal:electing the nation’s ﬁrst openly gay senator.Baldwin, who has served in the U.S. House since1999 as the only out lesbian in Congress, is likely topursue a run for the seat, according to the RothbergPolitical Report. The Wisconsin lawmaker’s ofﬁce hasn’tresponded to requests for comment on the report.In a statement, Chuck Wolfe, president of the Gay &Lesbian Victory Fund, said Baldwin’s run for U.S. Senatewould be a “top priority” for his organization.“This would be a remarkable milestone for LGBTAmericans,” Wolfe said. “Congresswoman Baldwin isone of the most admired public ofﬁcials I know. Shewould have the strong support of those who want tosee our economy work for all Americans, and who
Excitement as Baldwin considers Senate runChaz in the spotlight
Bono on his Oprah-fueledmedia blitz, activism and more
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMO email@example.com
Forget about gender identity, how he felt looking inthe mirror all those years, navigating the thorny overlapof sexual orientation, the surgery and all that for a minute— for Chaz Bono, the sheer physiological aspects of being a woman wreaked decades of pain on him.In the new memoir “Transition: The Story of How IBecame a Man” (see review on page 48), Bono writesof “periods that were painful to the point of beingdebilitating” and regularly not being able to get out of bed. Menstrual pain, of course, is no picnic for anyone,but for Bono, there was precancerous cell growth onthe cervix, endometrial cysts on the ovaries and, in hislate 20s, a cyst in the uterus.Upon having it removed when he was 36, a furtherissue — he can’t recall the medical term for it offhand— was discovered that doctors hadn’t been aware of before involving cell lining growing into muscle.And though the hormone therapy Bono startedtaking in March 2009 at age 40 brought with it someadverse side effects (acne, for one), Bono writes of soon feeling “really good” physically with “moreenergy, more focus … as if I had been depressed andsuddenly an antidepressant kicked in — everythingin my life seemed easier … like my body had ﬁnallygotten something that it really needed to function.”Bono, during a phone interview this week, says hedoesn’t think this is a coincidence.“I’ve talked to lots of trans guys who have these kindof issues like with me, there was just issue after issue
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is reportedly mullinga run for U.S. Senate following the retirementannouncement of Sen. Herb Kohl.
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Wisconsin lawmakerwould be nation’s ﬁrstopenly gay senator
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PHOTO COURTESY OF CHAZ BONO