Stephen Ira Beatty | Source: Instagram/supermattachine
Stephen Ira Beatty | Source: Instagram/supermattachine

Stephen Ira Beatty Is a Writer, Performer, and Filmmaker – More about Warren Beatty's Son

Milla Sigaba
Sep 18, 2023
12:43 P.M.

Stephen Ira Beatty has made a name for himself in the creative industry as a jack of all trades. The son of two Hollywood stars is also an activist for the transgender community after identifying as transgender from a young age.


Stephen Ira Beatty is the son of filmmaker Warren Beatty and actress Annette Bening. He followed in his famous parents' footsteps and pursued a career in the creative sphere. From teaching writing to young students to making a documentary film with his partner, Warren Beatty's son has proven how diverse his talent is.

However, Stephen Ira Beatty has also caught the public's attention for bravely sharing about his transition. Warren Beatty's transgender child was born a female but started identifying as transitioned at the age of 14 and has since made his parents proud for accomplishing so much and doing it with style.


Stephen Ira Beatty Is a Creative

On his Instagram account — which had nearly 3,000 followers at the time of writing — Stephen describes himself as a writer, performer, and filmmaker. The creative also had a large following on Twitter.

In honor of his birthday in early January of last year, Stephen revealed that his birthday gift to himself would be finishing one of his manuscripts. Stephen graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, earned an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and was a Lambda Literary Fellow.


While speaking up about his transition, Stephen revealed that he leaned on the support of his friends and peers throughout his journey but did not mention his parents.

Outside of academia, the filmmaker's son wrote a chapbook called "Chasers," and his poems were published in magazines like the Paris Review, Poetry (Chicago), Fence, DIAGRAM, and Tagvverk.

The poet and his partner, Chris Berntsen, were also the creative force behind the short experimental documentary, "I Have to Think of Us as Separate People," which was screened at Outfest, NewFest, and the New Orleans Film Festival.


Stephen Ira Beatty Began Transitioning from a Girl to a Boy in His Early Teens

On January 8, 1992, Stephen was born Kathryn Elizabeth and knew from as young as 14 that he was transgender. Since then, Stephen has transitioned and become one of the many figures at the forefront of a movement challenging sexuality norms.

However, after openly identifying as transgender for years, Stephen finally opened up about his experiences in 2012. Although he was undergoing hormone therapy, Warren Beatty's son revealed that he still embraced his feminine side regarding fashion.


Stephen Ira Beatty's Parents on Their Son's Transition

While speaking up about his transition, Stephen revealed that he leaned on the support of his friends and peers throughout his journey but did not mention his parents.

Nonetheless, his filmmaker father and actress mother have shown their support for their son. Stephen is the eldest of the four children Warren welcomed with his wife. The filmmaker said about his eldest child, "He's a revolutionary, a genius, and my hero, as are all my children."

Annette Bening also expressed how proud she was of Stephen during an interview, revealing, "He's managed something that's very challenging with great style and great intelligence. He's an articulate, thoughtful person, and I'm very, very proud of him."

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