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Chastity Bono -- Becoming a Man

6/11/2009 4:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chastity BonoChastity Bono, civil rights advocate, journalist, author and musician, is in the early stages of changing his gender -- transitioning from female to male, TMZ has learned.

Bono, the child of legendary entertainers Sonny and Cher, began the process earlier this year, shortly after his 40th birthday.

"Yes, it's true -- Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity," confirmed Bono's publicist, Howard Bragman.

"He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones. It is Chaz's hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his 'coming out' did nearly 20 years ago.

We ask that the media respect Chaz's privacy during this long process as he will not be doing any interviews at this time."

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Becoming a Man -- The Process

A lot is involved in the sex reassignment process. Here's the lowdown, according to Dr. Gary Alter from "Dr. 90210" -- he's an expert. Here's what Chastity Bono is going through right now.

-- First step ... A psychiatrist evaluates the patient. If appropriate, the doctor prescribes male hormones.

-- The hormones change the body makeup, which includes hair growth. The clitoris also grows larger.

-- Removal of breasts. Dr. Alter said most states will recognize the person as a male once this occurs. A hysterectomy can also be performed during this process.

-- Dr. Alter said the decision about changing the genitalia can take several years, while the patient is taking hormones. Dr.
Alter says most people stop at this point.

-- Dr. Alter says if the patient goes forward, the surgeon often makes a small penis out of the clitoris and a scrotum by joining both labia majors. Testicle implants can then be inserted. The most sophisticated option is microsurgery in which skin, arteries and nerves are taken from the forearm and made into a phallus.

As for cost, Dr. Alter said it's all over the place, depending on how far the person wants to go. We've spoken to people who have had it done, and they say the full deal costs more than $100,000.

GLAAD -- Bono's Decision 'An Important Step'

TMZ just got this statement from Neil G. Giuliano, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD):

"Chaz Bono's decision to live his life authentically represents an important step forward, both for him personally and for all who are committed to advancing discussions about fairness and equality for transgender people ... Coming out as transgender is an extremely personal decision and one that is never made lightly. We look forward to hearing Chaz's story in his own words in the near future.

"GLAAD encourages the media to cover this story accurately, and to avoid speculation about Chaz's story before he is ready to tell it in his own words.

"The GLAAD Media Reference Guide and the Associated Press Stylebook call on media to use the name and pronoun preferred by the transgender person -- in this case, referring to him as Chaz and using male pronouns."

Sonny's Republican Widow: I Got You Chaz!

Sonny Bono's widow -- Congresswoman Mary Bono -- tells TMZ she's behind Chastity Bono all the way.

Mary Bono, who followed in her late husband's Republican footsteps, says she "loves and supports Chaz."

Bono, who didn't take a stand on California's Prop 8 anti-gay marriage initiative, "is hopeful that his privacy and very personal decisions will be respected during this time."


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Satan = the one who accuses. Satan = the one who incites hate and opposes love. I guess this blog is full of closeted devil worshipers and it's advocates.

1924 days ago


To each his/her own -- This has to be very difficult for Cher -- no matter what she may say -- i know it HAS to be hard...uh uh uh Well sad to say but being rich doesn't hurt -- she i mean HE (Chaz) will not have to be one of the trannies who walk the street or can only afford to go to certain places...Chaz will have another level to live on...i just wish her well... i can recall how proud sonny and cher were of her back in the day when they had the show...Gays always loved Cher and they flock to her show more than any other group of folks...It's all Good tho..she's a child of Sonny, Cher and most importantly a child of God! But still...

1923 days ago


This is disgusting and WRONG Chastity/Chaz/He/She/It

1923 days ago

FTM guy    

As an FTM -female to male- I wish Chaz all the best. It isnt an easy thing to do. Its hard and scary and exciting to finally be YOU. Hope all goes well and you have all the support you need.

To all the negative comments...grow up and read some articles on gender you ignorant fools! I would love to see how some of you morons handle waking up tomorrow, looking in the mirror and seeing the opposite sex looking back at you. You are still the same person you were when you went to bed the night would that make you feel? ....not good huh? Thats just a wee sneak peak into what it is like to KNOW you are male but have to live and pretend to be a female when you are not. Try thinking that way and you may have some compassion towards people like us who didnt want this, didnt ask for it, didnt have any trauma during childhood to cause this. WE ARE BORN THIS WAY!!!! why would anyone choose this? think about that before you write your post. So instead of fellow humans supporting each other you choose to write trash and show just how ignorant you really are. That to me is sad.

1922 days ago

FTM guy really are an idiot arent you.
Shaking my head in disbelief.

1922 days ago


I'm sure Cher is content knowing that she can have a fake penis crammed in her fake liposuction mouth on a whim when she actually get's "old" someday. Meanwhile, American just "eats" this up like an Oprah recipe for cellulite elimination via her fried chicken salad recipe or a Bally's commercial showing Cher "working out" minus the facelift scars. The tramp's skin is so tight she can't smile without passing gas.

1922 days ago


No, this does not happen ONLY in AMERICA, kiki. I live in England and I am surrounded by so many people who have either changed sex or just like to dress up as the other sex.

1921 days ago


This says it all. A quote from Jackie Kennedy: "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much"

Could Cher have screwed this child up any more? I can only imagine what kind of people and places Chastity was exposed to as a child to make her hate herself this much. Or is it hatred towards her mother? If Chastity had killed herself it would have been easier on Cher, but this way Cher must watch her daughter mutilate herself and take away the little girl that she gave life to. I really believe this is the ultimate revenge of a female child who has complete hatred towards her mother.

Sonny is lucky to be dead. He won't have to watch this grotesque & horrific transformation.

1921 days ago




1921 days ago


Big props to chaz. Keep doin your thing!!!!

1920 days ago

Peniz Helltown    

Did I miss something? Chaz Bono wasn't already a man? You mean he has to go through a sex change to become what he already was? Gosh, that's disturbing.

1920 days ago

tryese n butts    

"Your body is merely the vessel containing your soul - why do you need to change it? If you are gay/lesbian that is one thing, but to alter the makeup of your body?" "it's one thing to be gay or lesbian but to purposely change your sex is spitting in Gods face " I love both of these statement s especially in a world that is plastic surgery crazy with more and more males jumping on that wagon! This in my opinion is also spitting in gods face!

1920 days ago
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