WHEN DAD BECOMES A WOMAN,
ON "PRIMETIME: FAMILY SECRETS,"
TUESDAY, JULY 21
Two moms living together raising their two sons may not be traditional, but it's no longer unheard of. However Rene and Chloe Prince are not a typical lesbian couple. Chloe is a male to female transsexual who underwent gender reassignment surgery in May of 2008. For the past year, "Primetime" cameras have been allowed to follow Chloe as she took the plunge into womanhood and unintentionally forced her wife and children into the unknown world of gender transition. From how Chloe explains why daddy became mommy to her sons, to redefining the dynamics of her marriage both physically and emotionally, JuJu Chang reports on "Primetime: Family Secrets," TUESDAY, JULY 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
From early on, Ted Prince never felt completely comfortable in his male body. As a boy he secretly dressed in girls' clothes and wondered what it felt like to be a woman. He felt alone in his gender identity confusion, not knowing that millions of others face the same challenges. Though still confused as an adult, Ted got married and had two children, hoping it would resolve his secret. His wife, Rene, was aware that he had a closet full of women's clothing, but hoped it wouldn't affect their relationship. But when Ted had an allergic reaction to a bee sting one day, a shocking diagnosis followed that would unleash the inner female Ted always knew he had. Last spring Ted underwent massive surgery in Thailand to become Chloe.
Chloe describes becoming a woman as magic, but it quickly becomes clear that her choice will forever change her old family dynamic. While Chloe is thrilled with her new body, Rene is not, and the boys are forced to adjust in ways they're not even aware of. Chang interviews Rene and the children to discuss how Chloe's transformation has brought them all into uncharted territory. During the hour viewers will see just how challenging Chloe's transition has been and the cost it has exacted, both on herself and on everyone close to her.
David Sloan is executive producer of "Primetime: Family Secrets."