New Photo! Chaz Bono & Girlfriend Walk The Red Carpet At Outfest

Jul. 10 2009, Updated 3:34 p.m. ET

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The famously private Chaz Bono –  who recently shocked Hollywood by confirming she’s undergoing a sex change operation to become a man-- walked proud as a peacock with girlfriend Jennifer Elia on the red carpet in Los Angeles Thursday night at Outfest, the country's largest festival of gay/lesbian/transgender-themed films.

The son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, who lives in West Hollywood with the beautiful brunette Elia, was dressed dapper in a black button-up shirt and blue jeans.

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Chaz, a political and social activist, began undergoing a sex change shortly after her 40th birthday on March 4.  It’s not known how long the process will take for Chaz to officially become a man.

"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," Kristen Schaffer, Outfest's executive director, told RadarOnline.com last month. "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."

Outfest runs until July 19 in Los Angeles.

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