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Chaz Bono Busts A Big Myth About Being Transgender

"We get ... thought of as we're trying to hoodwink other people by being something we're not."

No matter who you are, what your background is or what beliefs you hold dear, there's one universal thing every person wants in life: to be heard and seen for who they are.

Yet, for those who are transgender, this is where life can get frustrating, says activist, author and actor Chaz Bono. As Chaz explains to Oprah during an appearance on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", some people in our society look at trans individuals as masquerading as the opposite sex in a way that seems disingenuous.

"So often, we get ... thought of as we're trying to hoodwink other people by being something we're not," Chaz says. "No. That wasn't who I was. Now I'm who I am." 

Chaz has been presenting as male since the late 2000s, and also told Oprah during the interview that he doesn't like viewing pictures of himself prior to his transition because the memories of living inauthentically are too painful.

"That was the lie," he says. "This is the truth."

Chaz opens up more about his life -- from his recent dramatic weight loss to his relationship with mom Cher -- on this weekend's episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", airing Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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