Chaz Bono Very Happy After Sex Change
Sonny and Cher's firstborn finishes months of surgeries
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 4:28 PM CDT
Gay rights activist Chaz Bono arrives at a premiere for the feature film "La Mission" at Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – Chaz—formerly Chastity—Bono is enjoying the payoff of years of effort: He’s finally a man. Born the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, Chaz says his female-to-male sex change was the “end of a long process going back almost a decade. I got clean and sober in 2004 and I couldn't have done this before that.” Then there’s the physical process, which has been ongoing since March: “It lowered my voice," he says. "Fat redistributes, muscle growth, hair growth, sex drive increases."

"I always felt like the male from the time I was a child. There wasn't much feminine about me," Chaz tells Entertainment Tonight. "I believe that gender is something between your ears, not between your legs. That is something I discovered in the early '90s. It was just a long process of being comfortable enough to do something about it."