Chastity Bono is Becoming a Man
I still remember her as a little girl on her parents’ show. Wow. What a long, strange trip this is turning out to be:
Chastity Bono, the child of Cher and Sonny Bono, has started the process of becoming a transgender individual.
A rep for the gay rights advocate and writer confirmed Bono is undergoing the process to go from female to male.
“Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity,” rep Howard Bragman said in a statement.
According to TMZ, which first reported the story, Bono is in the early stages of transition, which started shortly after the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) activist’s 40th birthday.
“He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones,” Bragman’s statement continued. “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.”
Well, I hope that Chaz will be happy as a man. Yes, I don’t understand it all, but I can understand that he is striving for happiness. That’s what it is all about: happiness in being yourself. That’s what I can support, and I do wish her well.
There’s been no reaction yet from Cher or her reps regarding her former daughter’s decision. Both Sonny and Cher had a hard time accepting Chastity’s sexuality when she came out as a lesbian. There have been rumors that a reality show was in the works about Chaz’ transformation.