The Oracle: Chaz Bono talks gender, celebrity, Cher

April 18th, 2012

The Oracle
April 18, 2012
By Jessica Velez ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Though he said his body isn’t perfect, Chaz Bono told students and community members Tuesday that he likes what he sees in the mirror.

“Like everybody who looks in the mirror, I say ‘I wish that was tighter or smaller,’” he said. “But I feel very comfortable. I look like myself.”

Bono, the son of celebrities Cher and Sonny Bono, is a LGBT advocate, writer and performer, and gave the last lecture of the University Lecture Series (ULS) in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom to about 600 people Tuesday, focusing on his experience growing up physically female and transitioning to a male.

“The vast majority of people’s sex and gender identities are in alignment, and I think people really start to think it’s one thing,” he said. “I always ask people: Just take a second and imagine what you would feel if you just woke up one morning and felt the same way you do now, but were in the body of the opposite sex and how uncomfortable it would be having people treat you as one sex when, inside, you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are another.”

Growing up, Bono said he was attracted to “all things kind of male or masculine.”

“From my taste in friends, to clothing, toys, just all of that stuff was really oriented in that kind of way,” he said.

Once his puberty began, Bono said he felt like his body was betraying him. Though it was “confusing,” he said the one thing he knew for certain was that he was attracted to girls.

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