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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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91.

Michael Madsen    

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Jealous much? They are also some of the brightest people in history. Invented electricity, television, the authomobile, the computer, the internet, the calculator, the telephone, etc., etc. All most other courtries have to show is some antiquated buildings and maby a clip of a monarch being crowned. Sorry to be harsh, but that is the basic truth.

Posted at 4:15PM on Jun 11th 2009 by mousetrap

Alexander Graham bell invented the Telephone... He was Canadian... and a Canadian invented Basketball and a Canadian invented penicillan and a Canadian invented the green ink IN YOUR MONEY. YAH... GREEN INK....
not to mention...insulin, electric stove, hydrofoil, record player, snowmobile, paint roller, bloody caesar, RADIO, TELEVISION...JETLINER... In fact, it seems Canadians invented most of the things that make America Great.
Maybe if you actually studied in school you'd know how truly uninformed you are.

1869 days ago
92.

Laura    

I am gonna get slammed and shamed for saying this, but after rereading the wording "Chasity is changing HIS gender--transitioning from a female to a male" I have to think it sounds so stupid. It isn't normal!! The USA is going to hell for thinking that everyone should do just like they want, when they want, with no respect or moral compass to guide them. The fall of Rome all over again.

1869 days ago
93.

DrMDL    

Believe it or not I saw her on tv a few years back and thought this might happen. I wish Chaz the best!!!!

1869 days ago
94.

K    

If you look through the photos of "Chass - The Adult Years", you realize that it will not take much work to make her a man. She is pretty much there already.

1869 days ago
95.

nobodiesfool    

ok chastity or chaz or whatever the hell you are GO AWAY!!!!

1869 days ago
96.

sprayman0    

Is'nt that surgery called an addadictami?

1869 days ago
97.

Cartman    

Hate to break it to "Chaz" but being a dude isn't gonna help you score any more chicks than being a lesbian.

Cher must be so very proud, lol.



1869 days ago
98.

rain    

Two words: Buck Angel

1869 days ago
99.

Bknakshn64    

Doubtful Adam Lambert will ever become a woman since he said he doesn't tuck or wear breasts.....he does think he looks good as one though! He looks hawter as a dude!! That man is a photogenic stud!

1869 days ago
100.

Mike Kochhertz    

oh honey, just get a .44 and end it allready!!

1869 days ago
101.

Illinois person    

If this is what she (soon to be he) feels must be done then go for it. Frankly, I resent the comment that Cher raised a freak. This is hardly the case. Cher's children neither of whom have ever been in trouble with the law at all. The latter is not at all indicative of most Hollywood brats who's children can never live up to their famous parents success. Having to accept your child as gay is really no big deal these days. But to change one's gender has got to be the hardest thing to accept as a parent. Personally,
I feel very sorry for Cher who has to handle this on her own. Where is Sonny when she truly would have needed him? Best of luck to Chaz if this is what (he) wants. Cher is going to have to re-word her will. She (Cher) most probably will give the bulk of her vast wealth (estimated around 600 million according to Rolling Stone) to charity.

1869 days ago
102.

Rania    

Our country really has lost all morals. changing one's gender is just sick. you have to be mental in order to go and change your gender.

1869 days ago
103.

MissWhy    

I think it's great that we live in a country where people can be who they want to be ...no matter how they were born. If you are so negative about what other people do...it is probably because you are soooo unhappy with yourself. It makes you very jealous to see someone else get what they want. Let go of the anger and resentment and jealousy and figure out a way to make yourself happy too! You're nasty comments seem "backwoods", and ignorant.

1869 days ago
104.

IwoodDOhER    

Why are you calling HER ... him, she is a girl and when she gets a penis she will STILL BE A GIRL. a her not a HIM
thats what makes America look stupid! Iam Smartman your an idiot name one country thats overall better than us?
AND CHAZ IS A FEMALE A HER A GIRL!!!!!

1869 days ago
105.

REALL!?!?!???    

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

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