Lydia Michelle Delagatto (born William "Bill" Bob Delagatto February 3, 1970 in Clearwater, Florida) is an American meteorologist and television weather forecaster. She is the weekend evening meteorologist at NoSirGifts-owned Indianapolis CBS affiliate WIFX in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before coming to WIFX, she was (as Bill Delagatto) the chief meteorologist for WXWI-FTV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, taking over for Ray Leep as the chief meteorologist in 1997 (she previously served as morning meteorologist until 1997).
She is AMS Certified and while at WXWI, she was one of the five (5) meteorologists that are certified broadcast meteorologists of the WXWI weather department.
In January 2017, Delagatto began undergoing a physical and social gender transition and began hormone therapy. In March 2017, a Wisconsin Court granted her request for a name change and she will legally completed her transition by 2018, when she will have her gender officially changed on all of her legal documents including her birth certificate. Because she wanted to have biological children and unlike the gender transition of Ava Zinn, Lydia Delagatto opted to do pre-operative sperm banking in addition to naturally conceivie with her boyfriend Luka Runecraft.
On March 31, 2017, Delagatto signed off as Bill Delagatto for the last time saying and came out as transwoman:
Before we leave tonight, Luka (Runecraft) and I have had a relationship for years, having this conversation in the past and we agreed that we would work together on this change and the timing of this change I'm making. I called Ava (Zinn), the woman in charge of Vote for the Girls after I joined the Zinn's Villain Panel and I said, "Ava, I spoke to my family about this personal change I'm making as is Bria Savage from our sister station in Fort Wayne. But like Ava, Bria, and Kathi (Jameson), I'm transitioning from guy to girl." Starting tomorrow, I will go by Lydia Delagatto on air.
Most importantly, my heart is full of gratitude for those with whom I have had the privilege to work as a meteorologist in Indianapolis and in Milwaukee as well as being a villain on Vote for the Girls. I want to reiterate my thanks for the support from CBS 11, the late Rhonda Rhodes, all of the people at home watching and my former colleagues in Milwaukee.—Lydia Delagatto (as Bill Delagatto) on CBS 11 News March 31, 2017
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