Chaz Bono's long-time girlfriend Jennifer Elia says she never identified as a lesbian.

Bono, the daughter of gay idol Cher and the late entertainer-politician Sonny Bono, announced last year that he was eight months into gender reassignment.

Bono's transition is documented in the film Becoming Chaz, which premiered earlier this month on nascent cabler OWN. He's also written a memoir on the subject, Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man.

In an interview with lesbian entertainment website, Elia, who is bisexual, said she's never identified as a straight woman or a lesbian.

“I identify myself as an individual,” Elia said, “and I haven't been very active within our community. I never identified as a lesbian, and I never identified as straight.”

She said that her boyfriend's transition has not affected her community identity: “I've never really identified with just one community, so I haven't really felt any difference.”

And she added that she's always thought of Bono as male.

“We always had a male/female dynamic and I treated him, I guess, as male,” she said. “I felt like he was a man.”