The Huffington Post: Chaz Bono On 'Being Chaz,' His Transition And Finding His Courage

November 30th, 2011

The Huffington Post
November 30, 2011
By, Crystal Bell


There’s no denying that Chaz Bono has had an incredible year. Not only did the LGBT activist and author star on Season 13 of ABC’s hit “Dancing With the Stars” — and spark subsequent backlash for being the first transgender person to do so — but he was also awarded the Hero Award at the 2011 GLSEN Respect Awards and named one of Out magazine’s 100 LGBT people of the year. Now Chaz has another accomplishment to add to his list before ringing in the new year: He’s engaged.

In the OWN documentary, ‘Being Chaz,’ which is a follow-up to the Emmy-nominated ‘Becoming Chaz,’ Chaz proposed to his girlfriend, Jennifer Elia.

In a short interview with The Huffington Post, Chaz opened up about letting the cameras back into his home, finding the courage to transition and, of course, his new-found ‘Dancing With the Stars’ friends. And for the record, he’s still good friends with ‘DWTS’ pro partner Lacey Schwimmer, even though the two had as rather rocky on-screen relationship.

Why did you want to film this period of your life, and what was the idea behind it?

I think it’s important that people see the normal, everyday aspects of life after transition.

What was life like after your transition compared to before?

Easy, comfortable, effortless. I didn’t realize how difficult my life had been until I had something to compare it to. I’m the happiest I’ve been in my life after transition.

What was the hardest part about your transition?

Finding the courage to do it was the hardest part. Once I found the courage to transition it was easy.

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