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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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76.

HKS    

SHE has penis envy....that is all!!!!!

1857 days ago
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Newspeak    

actually youare dumnman, it didn't work at all with the post. it was stupid. according to maslow's hierarchy of needs, chastity is quite free to pursue this endeavor. most human beings in the world, however, are busy worrying about acquiring food and shelter.

1857 days ago
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FullValueReview.com    

It is her/his right to do as he/she pleases with his/her body - but I also have the right to think this is odd and not really the way life should be lived. I am sorry, but you cant change your sex, you are who you are and thats all there is to it. All the doctors in the world wont convince me that she is a man, no matter the surgery, hormone pills or anything. If I see her on the street I will wish her well and send positive thoughts of pure happiness her way. It is still odd.

1857 days ago
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john h    

going from bono to boner.

1857 days ago
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kim    

Poor Cher what a slap in the face to your parents and God to change your given sex. This has nothing to do with her being gay - to each his own but changing your sex? I think you have major psyhocological issues if you do this.

1857 days ago
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kim    

Everyone please ignore #1 comments. I hate people who use these to TRY and get people riled up. Get a life

1857 days ago
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GGG    

I will never understand the minds of those who think there gener is incorrect. This is deffinetely not my cup of tea, but to each his/her own I guess.

1857 days ago
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kim    

Isnt this combating her being gay? If she is becoming a man & is still going to be with women its basically her admitting it should be men with women and not women with women.

1857 days ago
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rosetta    

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

1857 days ago
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Newspeak    

Chastity did not come out publicly and inspire the public 20 years ago. She was forced out in 1990 and then publicly came out 14 years ago. Why do they have lie about the dumbest things?

1857 days ago
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JJ    

hes a sick minded person her dad was a christian her mom is so sick shes a real weirdo she cant keep a man and sleeps with them all there such a great family sick sick sick sick sick sick sick.

1857 days ago
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JIM    

Whoa! It is amazing how Hollywood's culture can so completely screw up a young woman like that. I always thought she was a cute kid and an attractive young lady over the years. Even with all the hormones and hair cut, you can still see she's a woman.

Sad. Very sad, what Hollywood does to the minds of these people. I call this the Hollywood-Jacko-Effect. They just have so little sense of what life is really about that they need to constantly try to cut their bodies, medicate their minds and live up to some strange fantasy. They can't see reality at all. They spend their lives looking for some sense of purpose in doing very strange things.

Sonny would be very sad to see this happen. I'm sure of it.

1857 days ago
88.

Al    

She looka likea man anyway!

1857 days ago
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JJ    

shes trying to be a man why do all these fat lezos think they have to be fat. She looks like a fat man women want a be shes gross. YOU WILL ALLWAYS BE A WOMEN FAT AND UGLY AND ALL YOU CAN TAKE ALL THE DRUGS YOU WANT YOU NEED GOD.

1857 days ago
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MedTech    

People in this country and world for that matter have become jaded and deluded. Religion and morality is being tossed like trash to make way for transgenders, abortion and gay marriage. People change, yes but God does not. It was wrong 2000 + years ago to lay man with man or marry same. It was wrong 100 years ago for the same thing. The bible has not changed it's position towards any of this but man has. What a shame. Go ahead and live your life the way you want. God did give free will but for all who choose the surgery or abortion or to lay with and marry the same you will not be allowed into heaven and God WILL turn his back on you.

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