Speaking as a semblance of a spotlight guy with two sons in their early 20s, I find it cruel and despicable when tabloid reporters and gossip-mongers dive into some private aspect of a life of a kid solely because of parentage — i.e., a famous dad or mother (or both). It’s difficult enough for a teenager to sort things through without the media vultures peering in and commenting and digging for strands.

Whatever the truth of the matter, most of us presumably understand that exploring a trans-gender lifestyle or even crossing the surgical Rubicon can, given the particulars, constitute a healthy step in the right direction, as the Larry Wachowski/Chastity Bono situations have indicated. I wouldn’t have mentioned this, but it’s out there and snap-crackling and there’s no putting a cap on it.