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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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76.

larry    

Change all she wait a minute SHE wants and at the end of the day SHE still cant scratch her nuts

1926 days ago
77.

lilly    

wow, i bet it's taken her/his family a looong time to adjust to it all, and now there's more to accept. i have to agree that only in america and it really is a ME world nowadays.
i am seriously grateful that crossing over gender is not a publicly funded venture---yet. but since everything else is, don't hold your breath!

1926 days ago
78.

donna    

SICK
very sick this young lady dosent know what she wants in her life so now shes going male. well she only has god to answer for for that. we can not do anything about it its her choice hope she knows what shes doing... actually she needs to see a phyic....

1926 days ago
79.

rubyred    

It's sad that anyone would feel that they need surgery in an attempt to change their gender, because TECHNICALLY SHE CAN'T CHANGE HER GENDER. she will still be a woman looking like a man... but whatever makes her happy...

1926 days ago
80.

Connie    

This is just one of many signs of the end of the age. Evil wil wax greater and greater. What SHE is doing is evil...living in a homosexual relationship is evil. People can say hip hip hooray and support you all they want, but it doesn't change God's laws.

1926 days ago
81.

jmmatejka    

If this is what Chaz wants to do, then so be it. We as a whole are entirely too judgemental. If one does not agree with it, then too bad...you are not the one living with the decision. Obviously, Chaz has thought about this for many years and did not go into the process without research, physican consultations and a mental evaluation. you negative minded people spewing all your religion need to get over yourselves.

1926 days ago
82.

ANGELICA    

WHY DO THEY CALL THEMSELVES MEN, WHEN THEY AREN'T. IT IS SO SAD. AND THE SO-CALLED MAN THAT HAS A BABY, IT IS A WOMAN HAVING A BABY. THIS IS ALL SO SAD. ALL WE CAN DO IS PRAY FOR THEM. AND NEVER FORGET TO KEEP PRAYING FOR OURSELVES TO BE BETTER AS WELL

1926 days ago
83.

marilyn    

All that I had seen in the article is HE this and HE that..........SHE IS A SHE.........PERIOD. To me the color red is red. If someone tells me its black , and I see the color red........and someone wants me to change that color cause they want to . Im not doing it. ENUF IS ENUF. Our world has gone just plain STUPID. In trying to PLEASE EVERYONE AND BE POLITIALLY CORRECT. Ok Chastisty. wants to do plastic surgury and change the way she looks. Ok , do it. BUT DO NOT TELL ME AND SOCIETY THAT WE HAVE TO CHANGE WITH YOU. A DOG IS A DOG , AND A CAT IS A CAT. A MAN IS A MAN, AND A GIRL IS A GIRL.......Im not sayin she cant do it. I dont understand how she feels. DO it if it makes you feel better. BUT DO NOT CONFUSE OUR LITTLE KIDS ANYMORE. THEY have enuf to deal with. STOP , tryin to make SOCIETY...... feel the way you do.............cause we dont. I dont , want to put u down, Im not sayin your body says one thing and your mind another........... DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER. BUT FOR GODS SAKE ,,,,,,,,,,,DO NOT CHANGE NATURE ..................AS WE ALL KNOW IT. CAUSE YOU DONT FEEL GOOD.......... if u want the surgery..........or live as a MAN OR WOMAN...........DO IT. but DO NOT TRY TO CHANGE ALL OF US .............CAUSE WE DONT FEEL THE WAY U DO.............

1926 days ago
84.

larry    

Maybe she can take one of her chins and make a penis

1926 days ago
85.

ilvchumz    

I am sure this was an agonizing decision that was not taken lightly. Chaz knew the this was going to be a media circus causing controversy and polarizing everybody. But, this was a PERSONAL decision. So, no matter which side of the issue you are on... no need to judge.

1926 days ago
86.

Realistic    

She is a fat pig now and will continue being one when she becomes whatever she is becoming. What a joke...Sonny must be turning in his grave !!!! She was so pretty when she made those appearances and the show...and as she got older she became this fat pig...and rebelious towards everyone. I hope its a disaster and then she has to live with it.

1926 days ago
87.

Laura    

Chastity, whatever makes you happy is what I wish for you. I know this may sound superficial but the only drawback I would say is the fact that I think she is such a pretty woman. I've always really liked Chastity and hope she is happy whatever decision she makes.

1926 days ago
88.

Suzanne    

BY THE WAY SHE ISN'T CHER'S ONLY CHILD....SHE HAS A BROTHER

1926 days ago
89.

Belinda    

I am ashamed of the Dr who is performing this surgery, God created Chastity not Chaz. Why do people want to mess with the miracle of Gods creation. Please pray that God HAND WILL MOVE IN THIS SITUATION.

1926 days ago
90.

conservative pragmatist    

This in unbelievable. So she is gay. OK....that's fine. But God made her a woman. If she wants to date, cohabitate, etc. with other women, that's certainly her choice. But why in God's name does she have to become a "man" to do this? She will always be a woman, but now one with an "altered" body. Why are there so many mixed up people these days? Yikes.

1926 days ago
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