Cher’s onetime daughter Chastity has legally been declared a man and has completed his gender reassignment surgery, according to official court documents. Chaz was seen outside of court in a suit and tie and he looked happy and triumphant after his long journey. (You can see more photos here.) I didn’t spot Chaz’s longterm girlfriend and rumored fiance, Jennifer Elia, in the pictures. Now that Chaz is officially a male, he will be able to legally marry a woman under California law. The National Enquirer reported last year that Chaz and Elia were trying for a baby through in vitro fertilization for Jennifer.
Chaz Bono’s long journey to change from a she to a he has finally come to an end – with a Judge granting Bono’s petition for a legal gender and name change.
A jubilant Chaz, looking very dapper in a suit and tie, was at court Thursday, and RadarOnline.com can bring you the photos.
And that’s not all, according to documents filed in March, Chaz has also completed his gender reassignment surgery, the documents state that Chaz underwent an “irreversible surgery” on September 23, 2009 to change his “sex characteristics from female to male.”
So it’s officially goodbye Chastity, hello Chaz – Congratulations!
[From Radar Online]
There will be inevitable questions about what the gender reassignment surgery involved, and from what I’ve read it was surgical removal of Chaz’s breasts along with hormone treatments. I saw Chaz on Good Morning America last November and came away with a much better understanding of how he struggled with gender identity since he was a child. He said that once he made the decision to make the change the hardest thing was dealing with the loss of privacy that comes along with being a celebrity:
“An incredible hurdle was the idea that I wasn’t going to be able to do this privately like most people can. That took a really long time to get over. And then, I think it was about dealing with the people in my life and how it was going to affect them. And finally, it came down to realizing that I got to live my life for myself. And life is short and life is precious, and this is who I am. I need to finally be who I am.”
Congratulations to Chaz and best wishes for the future.