By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 19, 2012 11:27 AM EDT
Annette Benning and Warren Beatty are known to many as legendary figures on the big screen. However, it is what is going on behind the scenes with their son that has many buzzing. In a story that is further confirmed by streaming video, Stephen Ira Beatty speaks openly about making the transition to being a male from the young teen age of 14.
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The starlet duo’s kin spoke candidly about his friends and peers; whom he considers to be his greatest support system.
Via WeHappyTrans the video message, Stephen had the following to say:
“My friends, my peers who I'm lucky to have relationships with a lot of, ever since high school, when I came out and transitioned socially when I was 14 or so,” says Stephen, who seemed to be in his dorm room.
Sadly, there was no mention anywhere in the clip of either of his famous parents. Although it has been public knowledge that Beatty and Benning have not been too thrilled about their son’s gender switch.
The 20 year-old frequently writes and speaks out on his very own blog titled “Super Mattachine;” which can be found on the WeHappyTrans site. The blog’s name is based off of an early gay rights activist group called the Mattachine Society, which was established in 1948.
Also in the clip, Stephen gives himself a less than common introduction:
“My name is Stephen. I identify as a trans man, a faggy queen, a homosexual, a queer, a nerd fighter, a writer, an artist and a guy who needs a haircut.”
While clearly proud of his newfound identity, Stephen also goes on to appreciate some of the uncommon characteristics that many assumed he was trying to distance himself from.
“It's rare that my gender is misread [now that I've transitioned] based on my fem presentation, which I really appreciate.”
When speaking about his controversial switch, Stephen touched on how he would ideally like others perceive it.
“I would like people to imagine more complexly, I would like people to understand that other people are people ... even if they have enormous appreciable differences,” he says.
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