Now that he's eight months into the lengthy transformation process, Chaz says he feels great. The forty year-old writer, activist and reality television star was born as Chastity Bono to Cher and Sonny Bono. He told Good Morning America, "Life is short and life is precious. This is who I am. I need to finally be who I am."
Chaz mentioned that he always felt like a boy growing up and had even insisted on wearing outfits to match Sonny rather than Cher's on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. In 1995, he voluntarily came out in an interview with The Advocate. GLAAD and the Empowering Spirits Foundation offered praise and support as a result of the announcement.
In Family Outing, several years ago he wrote, "As a child, I always felt there was something different about me. I'd look at other girls my age and feel perplexed by their obvious interest in the latest fashion, which boy in class was the cutest, and who looked the most like cover girl Christie Brinkley. When I was 13, I finally found a name for exactly how I was different. I realized I was gay."
Now that he's begun surgery, it sounds like Chaz Bono is not looking back. He has undergone gender-reassignment surgery along with hormone therapy. He added, "To me, gender is between your ears, not between your legs. I've felt male as far back as I can remember."
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