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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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376.

jeff mandel    

As a gay man, I congratulate Chastity Bobo on living openly as a lesbian, and now becoming a man. It takes a lot of guts to change your sex under microscopic scrutiny of an increasing frenetic media spotlight.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." On that front, my family, friends and I always thought Chastity (like her mom) was NOT really a very nice person, and never seemed to care or want to improve her less than appealing looks or burgeoning weight challenged physique. Like it or not, as a "celebrity," he/she sets an example, and should try to be someone (gay) youth can admire.

May Chaz live a long, happy and healthy life but should really try to "clean up his act" and treat other people better. Thank you.

1896 days ago
377.

Blkshepherd    

Not sure I understand how do you make a woman a man. Are they going to sew a penis on her pelvis? then sew up her vagina? who is donating the penis? and if its a false penis will she need a pump to get it erect? she will always be a woman. she will never ever be a man. jus like a man will always be a man. Men cant get pregnant. she is still going to have pms. why dont she do as others do. date women sleep with women but dont mess with trying to alter your body parts. I see plenty of butch lesbos. and men who think dress like women. but dosnt change who they are. your born a man or a woman and that is the way you will DIE.

1896 days ago
378.

Nuts    

What a f--- up world.Who would have ever thought that cute little Chasity on Sony and Cher show would one day be a fat bloated MAN.Were all going to hell in a hand basket.You understand.She-it- whatever -is going to be a freaking MAN.

1896 days ago
379.

Jessica Swanlake    

The "He" comments were from Chaz's rep- it is not uncommon when people are referring to post-op transgenders as the gender they are trying to change to because they believe you are talking about the "peson" and not the meat suit they were born in.

Congratulations to Chaz- I hope you find some sort of satisfaction and happiness with the change. You are brave for doing this and putting up with moronic America.

1896 days ago
380.

Hilton is a Loser    

Umm, the general public doesn't give a rats A**S**S about you coming out or becoming a man Chastity Bono, get over yourself and go away.

1896 days ago
381.

respect    

Why would anyone in their right mind go and tell someone "it's better to just kill yourself"?! who in their right mind would disrespect someone for THEIR choice?! It's his life, and he can do what he pleases. If that means having a sex change then so be it. There are many reason for Chaz's choices in life, and they don't have to be ridiculed by the 50 billion people in the world. Chaz is different. he's willing to accept himself for who he is, even if it took him longer to find it, i bet some of you are still crying at night because you have no clue who you are and that's sad, that you can look upon someone else's life and kick them until they bleed but you can never look upon your own life and judge yourself. look into a big mirror and judge yourself before if go and insult,slander,hurt people for being different then the next person. you hate others because you secretly hate yourself.. and maybe you were never courageous enough to stand up for your feelings because your rather be the "IN" crowd then the one being hit with rocks.

It's your choice to accept, it's your choice to hate.. but in the end we all know who will survive in the end.

"stand up, speak out, strike back"
be proud that you have the courage to stand tall against the hate.

1896 days ago
382.

poppy    

is she-he going to grow a mustache like Sonny?

1896 days ago
383.

Lau    

Transgendered men are not lesbians trying to be straight, most lesbians are very proud to be women, but not a transgender. Some of them are straight before the transition and they are gay after the transition, since they are still attracted to men, before and after. Sexual behaviour is not the same as gender. And that's why being a man hasn't got much to do with just having a penis and having an erection, they are men every minute of their life, and if they lose their penis or don't have erections they don't feel as females. It is the same thing with transgendered men, they feel much more comfortable as males and are happier after their sex change. I know many and they feel much better.

1896 days ago
384.

dee    

No matter what Chaz has done SHE will always be part SHE because she can't have everytjing removed and everything changed to a man. I think it's ridiculous to call her a he just because she takes some hormones and has her breasts removed. What does that make mastectomy cancer patients? The same as that SO-CALLED man that delivered two babies. She is still a SHE.

1896 days ago
385.

Lau    

Transgendered men are not lesbians trying to be straight, most lesbians are very proud to be women, but not a transgender. Some of them are straight before the transition and they are gay after the transition, since they are still attracted to men, before and after. Sexual behaviour is not the same as gender. And that's why being a man hasn't got much to do with just having a penis and having an erection, they are men every minute of their life, and if they lose their penis or don't have erections they don't feel as females. It is the same thing with transgender men, they feel much more comfortable as males and are happier after their sex change. I know many and they feel much better.

1896 days ago
386.

LH    

The first time I heard that Cher had named her infant "Chasity" my reaction was .... "that kid is going to grow up screwed with a name like that". Did I call that one on the mark or what?!!!

Anyhow, now I am thinking that this game is pretty desperate for attention of both Cher and Chasity. Cher, this generation does not identify with your crappy music. Grow the eff up already. Chasity, grow the eff up because it's your head that needs a 40,000-mile checkup.

1896 days ago
387.

Jojobear    

I just hope we can see a picture of her mutilated vagina when this is over.

1896 days ago
388.

AnneBonny    

I can't believe that the Gay and Lesbians take in these freaks as their own. It would further their cause if they would distance themselves from the so-called transgendered. Any woman who willingly chooses to have their breasts cut off and their vagina's sewn closed are in serious need of mental help, not surgery. It's mutilation, plain and simple. The medical community refuses to participate in the surgeries of the mentally ill who want their legs cut off because they say they 'are not part of them' but gladly take the money and cut off penises from anyone who asks for it.

The biggest joke is all the attention that the WOMAN who claims to be a man, is getting over having a baby. It's like the biggest con job in the world. She may be taking male hormones and not shaving her hair growth but she's still a woman. She still has a uterus and a vagina, therefore, she is a woman. I can lay out in the sun until my skin is dark brown but that doesn't make me an African American. Someone could take up chasing cars, eating Alpo, and licking their ass, but it doesn't make them a pit bull! A little weird and very flexible, maybe, but definitely not a dog.

1896 days ago
389.

Time will Tell    

She can NEVER become a man because she was created a female. She can have her body changed, but she will never be a man. Poor her--she should just give her life to the one who created her so He can straighten out her life. I wonder who's paying for the change. She's probably getting it done on our dime. Pray for her and her mother.

1896 days ago
390.

stardust64    

Whatever makes Chaz happy. She was never as troublesome as a lot of Hollywood kids. Although, looking at alot of celebs facial surgery (including her mother's), I would be VERY afraid too have ANY kind of surgery. Very few look normal afterwards. Imagine what could happen to your genitalia.

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