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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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391.

Joanne    

I always thought this person looked more like a man than a woman. Also, to be stuck with a name like 'Chastity'? What were Sonny and Cher thinking? It's really cruel; she could have just changed her name; than to undergo such a drastic change to her body. Sad, if you ask me..

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riansmom    

101. Having a fake penis attached to your body and cutting off your boobs doesn't make you a man!

Posted at 4:28PM on Jun 11th 2009 by Rose
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and neither does the presence of breasts and/or a vagina make you a woman! Its not about the body parts, its about the brain. If you woke up this morning with the OPPOSITE body parts, would that change who you are in your brain? NO it wouldnt. Chaz is just FINALLY able to take the steps he needs to become the authentic and whole person he feels he has always been. It is NOT about whats between his legs, its about whats between his EARS. The complete ignorance and hate spewed on here is absolutely amazing. Dont feel sorry or condemn Chaz or his very famous parents, who would love him REGARDLESS. I am the parent of a trans gender child. Supporting and standing by him is the reason he is still alive and did not take his own life. Its not about YOU. Its none of YOUR business. and for all you bible thumpers out there...and the rest of you...you reap what you sow..meaning whatever you are sending out..your hate and vile and ignorance, will come back to you. Good luck with THAT.

1922 days ago
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riansmom    

121. SHE is A FEMALE ..why are you guys calling HER a HIM? thats whats sick about about this a tranny gets beat to death and he is called a SHE thru out the murderers trial and here is CHAZ(hahahah) being called him and she still does NOT have a penis and when she does she is still a FEMALE And a HER a GIRL .... GET IT???? quit making America look SO Ignorant

Posted at 4:49PM on Jun 11th 2009 by STUPID

YOU are doing a good enough job of that all by your little minded self.

1922 days ago
394.

RobRod    

Simply, DISGUSTING!!! God Help Her!!

1922 days ago
395.

sourpus    

JUST GO AHEAD AND DO AND STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. WE DON'T HAVE TO READ ABOUT IT EVERY OTHER STORY.
I THINK EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE HAPPY, BUT THIS IS ENOUGH ABOUT THIS SO PLEASE STOP IT.

1922 days ago
396.

Jojobear    

It’s people like Chastity that are ruining the world, not to mention all the other gays. When I first saw this article I almost
threw up. We all need to stand together and put and end to laws making it ok for these freaks to marry or mutilate themselves and then get married. These are the people that give reasons to create a government in which it has the authority to run its citizens lives. You are given freedom and at first chance you mock God with your crude lechish behavior. Choosing to be homosexual goes against natures laws. Leviticus 18:22 identifies homosexual sex as an abomination, a detestable sin. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inherit the kingdom of God.
………….. Sad times we are living in.
To [Patrick] Yes my God says to love all living things but these are not people nor do they have souls. These are abominations to God... probably the work of the Devil. He has created these "things" to turn on God and change this paradise (Earth) into Hell.

1922 days ago
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willie G of Malibu    

Looking at the face, it could go both ways anyway so what's the big deal? And looking at the face, I don't see Sonny in any manner, so what was it? In the meantime, let's go into a frenzy saying USA, USA, USA just to be loud about how we are #1.

1922 days ago
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J C    

Chastity needs to become born again.
I was a gay activist and came out of homosexuality by going to an ex gay ministry in New York.

1922 days ago
399.

Reggie    

Okay some of the people that have commented are very clueless.
1. The pics of Chasity/Chaz with lipstick are older. You are on the internet, look for more recent ones. LIke in the past
two years maybe?
2. There was a comment from someone saying male to female can have lower surgery and feel like a woman. But female
to male will never be able to be a male etc. That they just become butches. Not true, there is lower surgery for female
to male. And they do still feel sensations.
I am not a female to male or a male to female. I am a biological straight female, and plan to stay that way. But before I make comments and even give an opinion, I am one of those people that actually check the facts first. Also studies show that many of these people, both genders, are actually born intersex, which could cause gender reassignment. So who are we to judge why they feel like they are in a strangers skin?

1922 days ago
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TOM RHODES    

I THINK THAT SHE TO HE OPERATION WILL LEAD "HIM" TO FIND A VERY SMALL PENIS. IT WILL BE THE SAME SIZE
ERECT AND I HAVE VIEWED OTHER WEBSITES THAT HAVE THIS INFO. I WOULD THINK THAT THIS OPERATION ON CHASTITY BONO WILL LEAD HER TO A FAILURE. SHE WILL HAVE THE SAME SIZE ERECT AS OPPOSED TO NON-ERECT PENIS. JUST SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER FAILURE OF PLASTIC SURGERY.

1922 days ago
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awwwwwwww    

The 500 pound cow asked for privacy...Give it to her...Please give a lobotomy too...

1922 days ago
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awwwwwwww    

The 500 pound cow asked for privacy...Give it to her...Please give it a
lobotomy too...

1922 days ago
403.

IslandWalker    

Chaz Bono....ummmm Didn't we decide long ago that he is the daughter of Greg Allman & Cher, not Sonny Bono?
Now, we're back to Sonny & Cher's child? Can't keep track in the glare of the spotlight of people wanting to keep their personal lives public!

1922 days ago
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reefers    

i've been sitting here reading all this crap that people are writing in regards to chastity bono. ok, so she wants to have srs to feel human. and your problem with this is???? jealous that she has the guts to follow thru with it and the money to do so? my biggest complaint with most of you complainers, your spelling and grammar. frankly i think you need to log out and go back to school for a little refresher course to improve yourselves and leave other people alone and quit worrying about what they are doing and how much of their money they are spending.

1922 days ago
405.

CherCher    

Have you looked at her pictures - a lost sad soul. So sad that she is a tortured soul and can't get any help. Why look like a man and try to act like one when your DNA says that you are still a wo man. What's next? Transform yourself into a dog?
Some people just like to wallow in imagined misery. This lady is a total failure at everything she does. I am sure that her mom will defend her actions and Chastity is banking on the public to give its stamp of approval to her farce.

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