EXCLUSIVE: Outfest May be Chaz Bono's First Red Carpet As a Man

Jun. 12 2009, Published 5:21 a.m. ET

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The last time a Bono was on the red carpet at Outfest, the country's largest festival of gay-lesbian-transgender themed films it was when Chastity Bono attended as a woman in 2005.  When the event kicks off again in Los Angeles on July 9, the organizers are hoping to see a male Chaz Bono make the scene, has learned exclusively.

"We have invited him to attend," Kristen Schaffer, Outfest Executive Director told

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"I am excited for Chaz that he will now be able to live life the way he wants to and in a body that is more comfortable for him. Chaz's 'coming out' as transgender is wonderful for the LGBT community as it not only increases transgender visibility, but also shows that we should never compromise our own identity.

"Over the past decade, Outfest has seen more and more films made by and about the transgender community, and this year through the Outfest Legacy Project we are proud to restore QUEENS AT HEART which in 1965 was one of the first films to feature transgender subjects.

We hope that through Chaz's courageous journey more people become inspired and continue this important dialogue about diversity and equality."

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