Chaz Bono has said he's happier since transitioning to a man.

The 42-year-old Bono, the child of gay icon Cher and the late entertainer-politician Sonny Bono, made his remarks before being honored by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center for his transgender activism last weekend.

“I'm definitely more happy since I transitioned,” Bono told's Greg Hernandez on the red carpet.

Bono also discussed his appearance on this season's dancing competition show Dancing With The Stars.

“I had a great time doing Dancing With The Stars, it was an amazing, really amazing, experience. It pushed you in a lot of ways that really build up self-confidence that you didn't know you had,” Bono said.

Social conservatives fumed over the show's decision to include a transgender person, some going so far as to say young children watching the show could be hurt.

“There's always going to be people that discriminate against other people but I think it will be much less acceptable. I think it will be in the way when somebody makes a racial slur and everyone sort of gasps. I think it will be how we are now looking back on the civil rights movement. We will look back at the LGBT movement similarly,” Bono answered when asked his thoughts on the controversy.