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Chastity Bono

Becoming a Man

6/11/2009 4:00 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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136.

nunya    

It's obviously not her real "authentic" self when she was born a woman already...IDIOT.

1896 days ago
137.

Tito    

So she wasn't gay... just gender confused. Hmmmmm....

1896 days ago
138.

YouAreDUMBmanNOTSmartman    

Iam Smartman It is not nice to brag about your Mother like that!!!!

1896 days ago
139.

scat2me    

I guess she wants to more like her mom.

1896 days ago
140.

Barb    

Cher's kid Chastity came into this world a FEMALE. Mutilating herself will never change that.

1896 days ago
141.

who gives a shit    

Guess they should have named her something else when she was born, bet Sonny is rolling over in his grave! She is still a she till she has finished the process and she/he will still be ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1896 days ago
142.

cwazy    

Just be glad you woke up healthy and alive today. Think of all the people who didnt. I bet if you really think about it, it doesnt matter if you are a man or a woman or wish you were something you arent. You are alive and should just be grateful with what God gave you and live with it the best you can. There was a man that complained he didnt have any shoes, until he saw the man with no legs. Im just sayin....

Posted at 3:54PM on Jun 11th 2009 by Think about it

Took the words right out of my mouth. I agree. Just be grateful...some people tend to forget about what they have til its gone. And its a shame.

1896 days ago
143.

Drew Karma    

I saw this coming back when he was on the celebrity fit club....He is lucky that he was born to parents who will not discriminate him based on the decision to transition....I mean, Cher is a Gay-Icon, so of course will be accepting, or at least that is my opinion/thoughts on that.

And for all of you that think Chas and others who are Transgender are "incorrect" or "disobeying" or "weird" or wtf ever.....you go out and put yourself in clothes and things your not use to, and look at yourself in the mirror everyday, never being able to leave that type of clothing/style (ie. guys wearing high heels and dresses and etc) then tell me that its "incorrect"....well He sees a body style, that is incorrect as well, and is now forwarding down the trail to fix it.

And for the idiot that said "So, do you think he will become pregnant and have a baby too? Wow, just think the 2nd man to become pregnant. You see, THIS is why the terrorists hate us." You and all others stupidity is the reason we get hated on by other countries........Tom wtfever his last name was not the first and hasn't been the last, and hasn't been the only trans guy who has been pregnant, he was the one who decided to showboat himself just for the $$$ cause none of the other guys felt the need to....



We are who we are and Chas is who he is.....

So back the h3ll off each others $hit and grow up.....

Who cares what is in whoevers pants....it's not like your sleeping with everyone in this world, so need to worry bout what they got or don't in their pants.

1896 days ago
144.

urwrong    

What the #$%# happened to her? She was such a beautiful little girl. Now's she's a fat freak of nature. Isn't Cher's other child (the one with Allman) an out of the closet, flaming dude too? Funny, the girl wants to be a dude and the boy wants to be a chick.Talk about dysfunctional families. Their Christmas get togethers must be a strange sight.

1896 days ago
145.

tellyouwhatithink    

Smartman you are an idiot. Where did all that come from. You go Chaz!

1896 days ago
146.

Michael Madsen    

163. Smartman you are an idiot. Where did all that come from. You go Chaz!

Posted at 5:40PM on Jun 11th 2009 by iknoweverythingthereistoknow

Then why ask?

1896 days ago
147.

bayouman    

Were any of you there at the birth? How do you know she came into the world as a female? Doctors have been known to assign gender at birth because the physicalities have been inconclusive, non-specific, or even impaired. I don't know if that's what happened here, but it's a possibility. Maybe they got it wrong. I know cases where it has happened.

A few years ago, I met someone who I later found out that at birth was visually non-descript, internally messed up, and the doctors felt it was "easier" to make the child into a female, though the stronger indication genetically was that it was male. Due to the abnormalities, they felt that she wouldn't live past her 10th birthday anyway. She's 30. And had a tormented life. Yet, there may be 5 people around her who even know. And guess what, she doesn't even know. She's never been told. Yet the attitudes expressed here lead me to think you'd do nothing but stone her to death.

Gender identity and orientation are mutually exclusive. So, all the haters out there better stop, look around, and just consider yourself lucky beyond all doubt. You obviously know what and who you are. Or at least you think you do.

But do you know, really really know, about those people around you?

1896 days ago
148.

JI    

OK, She wears make-up so if you want to be a man don't wear makeup. But I know the real story here! She is wanting to make loads of cash and she was fading into the background so now she is in the spotlight and GLAD groups will pay her big bucks to be a this rally and that rally. All her crappy a$$ songs will now be looked on as full of feeling and expression of her repression.
yeah, she's doing it for personal reasons alright... MO MONEY!!! IF she wanted to keep it quite why have a press release.

1896 days ago
149.

Rescue Me    

A couple of points;

Point 1. For all you morons out there that said, or agreed with 'that's why terrorists hate us'..here's a little info for you, although I know you all try very hard not to ever be confused by FACTS! Sex change operationa originated in Europe. They werent available here when the most famous operation was performed on Christine Jorgenson back in the 1950's. She had to travel to her ancestral home in Denmark to have it done.

Point 2. It always amuses me to see nobodys who will never be anything more than the nobody they are saying nasty things about someone like Cher who has been a colossal music icon for decades. She made it, held on to it and is still revered for her work in music and movies. What have you done? What..I didn't hear that. ....

point 3..IamSmartman...I hope you feel better after your little tantrum. maybe we are fat, but we have nice teeth!

1896 days ago
150.

Rob Ellis    

I have a real issue here with the use of 'His' in the story.

I am totally OK with Chastity deciding to undergo gender reassignment - heck, if thats what Chastity feels is needed to feel 'normal', then why the hell not.

And the idea that Chastity will be male and so pronouns should be used properly, well then OK as well.

But here's where the political correctness goes loopy.

"is in the early stages of changing his gender --"

Thats not really the case. Chastity is in the early stages of changing HER gender. Until her gender is changed, she is just that, a she.

Once she has changed her gender, then the appropriate use of 'his' should be used.

Its like a cow being made into a steak.

You wouldn't say "The steak is being prepared to be slaughtered..." it isn't a steak until it is a steak. Until then, its simply a cow.

Now, don't go theorizing that I used 'cow' because of Chastity's weight = I did not, thats just you being a jerk.

Chastity, I respectfully hope you correct people in this useage - you are a 'she' and I fully support you changing into a 'he'.



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