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Chaz Bono, eight
months into his gender reassignment, said he is now living the life he always wanted.
"I feel so much more comfortable that I've ever been," Bono told
"Good Morning America" in an exclusive interview. "I've felt male as far back as I can remember."
Bono, born Chastity Bono to singer and actress Cher and the late Sonny Bono, said the
entire process of transitioning from female to male will take about four to five years. So far, he's received hormone treatments that have caused his voice
to deepen and he's had his breasts removed.
And, to his delight, he's even begun shaving his face.
"This was a very difficult decision to make, but it was the best decision I've
ever made," Bono said, promising more changes to come. "I feel great."
Bono -- who reiterated his stance that "gender is between your ears and not
between your legs" -- said the biggest hurdle of his decision to begin gender reassignment was the realization that "I'm not going to be able to
do this privately as most people can."
"Then it came down to realizing that I have to live my life for myself," he
said, "and that life is short and life is precious."
Looking back, Bono said, "it would almost be easy to say, 'Why did I wait so
long to do this?'"
And if his public transformation helps others struggling with the same issues, then
"I'm happy to do that."
Now that Bono, who lives in California with Jennifer Elia, his girlfriend of four
years, is one of the most recognizable faces of the transgender community, his mother Cher has pledged to stand behind her
"Chaz is embarking on a difficult journey, but one that I will support," Cher
said in a statement issued to Us Magazine in June. "I respect the courage it takes to go through this transition in the glare of public scrutiny, and
although I may not understand, I will strive to be understanding. The one thing that will never change is my abiding love for my child."
Chaz Bono: Gender Reassignment Was 'Best Decision I've Ever Made'
Bono first caught the public eye as a towheaded tot on her parents' wildly popular
'70s television show, the "Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour."
Outfitted in frilly dresses and fancy shoes for the show, Bono said he always
identified more with boys.
"I felt like one of the boys. My friends were boys," he said. "In school
I related to boys."
"As you get older it's more confusing," she said. "Suddenly,
there's more pressure to fit in to your assigned gender."
Bono's sexuality first made headlines nearly two decades years ago when 18-year-old Bono, then Chastity, was outed by a tabloid magazine.
Bono told "GMA" that he knew he was interested in women at age 13 or 14, but
figured he was simply a lesbian.
It was an announcement that stunned Cher despite the singer's devout gay following.
Bono told "Good Morning America" several years ago that the news made Cher go "ballistic."
According to Bono's books -- 1998's "Family Outing" and 2002's
"The End of Innocence" -- Cher was so shocked by the news of her daughter's sexuality that she banished Bono from her New York City apartment
immediately after she came out.
But Cher, who told People Magazine in 1998 that she had always dreamed her daughter
would get married and have a family, came around and became one of Bono's biggest advocates.
Bono said his longtime role as an activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender community, or LGBT, won't change much.
"I'm just a little more focused on the 'T' now then I am on the 'L' and the 'G,'" he said.
Nov 19 09 4:20 PM
Posted Nov 19th 2009 12:45AM by TMZ
Chaz Bono debuted his new look this morning -- and said since he started transitioning from female to male, "Life is just
Cher and Sonny Bono's daughter-turned-son was on "GMA," where he called his sex change "the best decision
I've ever made" because he's now "living the life I've always wanted to live."
Chaz is now only eight months into a years-long process.
Nov 19 09 4:31 PM
Last updated at 8:58 PM on 19th November 2009
Chaz Bono, the son of singer Cher, has said that his gender reassignment is 'the best decision I've ever made.'
The 40-year-old was born as a girl to Cher and her former husband and singing partner Sonny Bono, but said he is now living the life he always wanted.
The writer, activist and reality TV star said he is eight months into the transformation from Chastity to Chaz as he appeared on ABC's Good Morning
'Best decision I've ever made': Cher's child Chaz Bono discussed his gender reassignment on Good Morning America and
said he is now living as he wants
One of the boys: Chaz said he had always felt male
Chaz, who was formerly called Chastity, said: 'I feel so much more comfortable that I've ever been.
'I've felt male as far back as I can remember. Life is short and life is precious. This is who I am. I need to finally be who I am.'
He said he always felt like a boy growing up and came out as a lesbian 11 years ago.
Now he's undergone gender-reassignment surgery and hormone therap.
Leaving the show with girlfriend of four years Jennifer Elia
Cher has vowed to stand by Chaz
But he explained that the entire process of transitioning from female to male will take about four to five years.
So far, he's received hormone treatments that have caused his voice to deepen and has had his breasts removed.
And, to his delight, he's even begun shaving his face.
'This was a very difficult decision to make, but it was the best decision I've ever made,' he explained.
But he added: 'To me, gender is between your ears, not between your legs.'
Chaz, who lives with girlfriend of four years Jennifer Elia, revealed his mother had vowed to support his decision.
Before: As Chastity Bono at home in San Francisco in 1996
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