Chastity Bono undergoing sex change

Chastity Bono left, with parents Sonny and Cher; Right: 2009Chastity Bono, 40, the daughter of singing duo Sonny and Cher, is going through the process of becoming a man, according to TMZ. Bono’s publicist, Howard Bragman, told the site: “Yes, it’s true — Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity. 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.” Chastity will now be referred to as male and addressed as Chaz. His mother, Cher, has known about this for a year, and his partner of several years, Jennifer, is supportive of the change. His father, Sonny, died in a skiing accident in 1998.

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  1. Andy • June 15, 2009 @ 12:56 PM

    Good for him! It takes balls to do somthin like that

  2. Nancy • June 15, 2009 @ 1:02 PM

    Don’t you mean you have to do “somethin like that” to get balls? 😀

    More power to him. It’s his life.

  3. Guardian • June 15, 2009 @ 1:17 PM

    sick bastard

  4. mandee • June 15, 2009 @ 1:58 PM

    hm. was he one of those kids that was born with both parts and the parents had to decide what he was to become? or did he just grow up and date women and then say huh maybe i should be a man? i wonder how cher really feels about this? how do you go from having a daughter to a son? if there is ever grandkids and they want to see pictures of their dad as a baby, how do you explain that so it doesnt freak them out? man, this seems like a lot more than just someone becoming a man, if you really think about it.

  5. tributegirl • June 15, 2009 @ 3:04 PM

    mandee, Chaz was born female, came “out” at around age 20. And yeah, I would think that would freak some people out! From what I read, Chaz coming out was a very difficult thing for “his” parents. I put “his” in quotation marks, because the transition isn’t complete, I don’t even know if it’s started yet.
    Kind of on the same lines, did you guys hear about that “guy” in the States, takes hormones to grow facial hair & have a deeper voice, and has legally become a man? “He” is either pregnant for the 2nd time, or has already given birth to baby #2. “He” kept the female parts in order to give birth. I guess to each his own, but I really disagree with this, I dont think a person can be both, they should decide what they want to be, and be it.

  6. STEVE-O • June 15, 2009 @ 3:35 PM

    Nasty! I think I am going to hurl…haha…ah the comedy show continues!

  7. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 3:41 PM

    STEVE-0 I know you just like to see what response your gonna get because I don’t think its possible to be that stupid and be able to type
    good for him for accepting himself and good for his family supporting him

  8. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 3:44 PM

    oh and Nancy LMFAO 🙂

  9. mandee • June 15, 2009 @ 4:44 PM

    agreed, that is sick tg. you shouldnt be allowed to be BOTH

  10. tributegirl • June 15, 2009 @ 4:49 PM

    Yeah, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, I wish that person would just make up his/her mind! In the mind apparently the person is a man. Ok, well, men don’t give birth. Soooo….? What does “he” want to be? Just go for it and let that be it!

  11. josie • June 15, 2009 @ 5:17 PM

    you’re kidding me. SHE will NEVER be a man, no matter what she cuts off or pastes on.
    what’s wrong with people? be happy with YOUR TRUE SELF not this fake one you hide behind.

  12. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 5:26 PM

    Exactly Josie this person should be happy with their TRUE SELF and not the fake one they hide behind so its good that HE’S BEING HIS TRUE SELF and not hiding behind the fake one and being a woman when thats not who HE really is

    (If KNOWS what their real gender is then they should be addressed by it thats why you should call HIM a HIM)

  13. josie • June 15, 2009 @ 5:49 PM

    She was born a female, nature is always right. Nature can’t ever be wrong. She needs to accept herself the way SHE IS.

  14. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 5:56 PM

    how do you know nature can’t be wrong? have you really don’t have the right to talk unless you know people who are transgendered are you are transgendered and HE’S accepting HIMSELF the way he is next your gonna tell me that you can’t be born with a disability(I’m not saying being transgendered is a disability) because nature doesn’t make mistakes

  15. josie • June 15, 2009 @ 6:16 PM

    no i think it’s all mind games and somewhere along the line wires got mixed due to outside influences.
    nature can’t be wrong. it’s nature.

  16. Moviefan • June 15, 2009 @ 6:21 PM

    Nature’s not always right. Sometimes people are born with extra limbs or twins are conjoined. If their lives can be made better or easier thanks to modern medicine, how can that be wrong? If she feels she’s a man inside, why can’t she be one? She’s in love with a woman, to me this totally makes sense. It’s awful that she had to go through years of being confused and feeling she was born the wrong gender. I wish Chaz all the best.

  17. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 6:22 PM

    Nature can’t be wrong. it’s nature. Oh of course! how come I couldn’t come to that deep realization? it can’t be wrong cause it can’t! yes I get it all now thank you for your deep insight! joking

    wires got mixed due to outside influences. yes that explains why people are born with no toenails

  18. STEVE-O • June 15, 2009 @ 6:58 PM

    I agree with joise. Hey if you are born a man, you are a man. If you are born a woman…well figure it out. These people are freaks of nature, hopefully a little Darwinism will correct this in the next couple of generations.

  19. lily • June 15, 2009 @ 7:22 PM

    tributegirl 3:04, moviefan 6:21 and pretty much everything from Jo: I totally agree.

    Most easily disproven point on entire site (maybe entire planet): “Nature can’t be wrong. Its nature.” So nothing your born with could ever need fixing, Josie? How about babies with holes in their hearts? How about babies sharing a skull? How about diseased tonsils or a bursting appendix?
    Or how about something less dramatic… wear any make-up, Josie? Colour your hair? Straighten or curl your hair?
    Chaz, good luck. I’m glad modern medicine can help people like you to find a happier life as their true selves.

  20. lily • June 15, 2009 @ 7:26 PM

    P.S. My “true self” comes complete with mascara, eye liner, lipstick and Lady Clairol… Mother Nature got a whole lot wrong in my case and she’s getting worse with every passing year LOL!

  21. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 7:31 PM

    Lily mother nature got a whole lot wrong for most people otherwise why would I break out in hideous acne every time I look at warm food?(I’m 14 acne is normal… right?)

  22. Anon • June 15, 2009 @ 7:54 PM

    jo on June 15, 2009 7:31 PM

    I had no idea that you were only 14! Don’t let anyone here drag you down with his or her bigoted opinions. Embrace who you are and you’ll be happy. There isn’t a person on this site that will make a morsel of a difference in your life, so only take the good that is offered to you here and ignore the rest.

  23. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 9:21 PM

    thanks Anon

  24. beast • June 15, 2009 @ 10:09 PM

    nature can make mistakes, just look at the Platypus. if she wants to become a he. then why sould anyone stand in the way

  25. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 10:19 PM

    I mean if you say that nature never makes mistakes look at Clay Aiken mother nature ain’t perfect

  26. Nancy • June 15, 2009 @ 11:12 PM

    Clay Aiken…Chucky…same diff!! 😀

  27. jo • June 15, 2009 @ 11:21 PM

    Nancy I was thinking of your love for Clay while writing that!

    (and after the comments about Lambert Clay could not go unpunished)

  28. demigod • June 16, 2009 @ 3:04 AM

    beast on June 15, 2009 10:09 PM nature can make mistakes, just look at the Platypus


  29. tributegirl • June 16, 2009 @ 10:26 AM

    jo, are you really only 14? Reading all your other posts, I thought you were well into your 20’s. If that’s true, jo, things do get pretty nasty on here, it’s no holds barred sometimes, a lot of things get said that shouldn’t, and I’m just as guilty as anyone else. I want you to promise me something, promise me that if you find the comments being made here start to really bother you, affect your mood, or whatever, that you will leave this site. As I said before, you should surround yourself with understanding, positive people, and it’s not always understanding and positive on here.
    People here can be very opinionated, but until they’ve walked a mile in your shoes, they have no idea what it’s like to be you.

  30. jo • June 16, 2009 @ 10:55 AM

    Promise TG but just so you know schools way more nasty 🙂

  31. Nancy • June 16, 2009 @ 1:21 PM

    Hey, we went to school too. That’s where we learned it. We’ve just “perfected” it now. :S LOL.

  32. jo • June 16, 2009 @ 1:31 PM

    You perfected it after school? all the adults I meet are shocked when they hear my foul mouth 🙂
    i thought you would have forgot it but glad to see some that remember it and have improved

  33. lily • June 16, 2009 @ 5:04 PM

    jo, I just read your post about your age, and I was really suprised. You sound extremely mature for your age, maybe because of all the nasty stuff you seem to be enduring. I love tg’s message to you. I hope you have lots of great friends in “real life” that support you but, when it helps to vent on-line, you’ve made some new friends here too.

  34. josie • June 16, 2009 @ 5:11 PM

    hey jo, yeah i just read about your age and it shocked me too.
    i want to apologize for the mean and hurtful things i said on this site. really, im an idiot most of the time, but i thought i was just arguing with another adult…not that a teen can’t argue, but i think being older makes you tougher? ok regardless, you’re pretty young and i’m sorry if my comments hurt you in any way.

  35. lily • June 16, 2009 @ 5:15 PM

    Thats an awsome apology, josie. You have a lot of class and I’m also sorry for anything I said that was mean about you. I misjudged you.

  36. jo • June 16, 2009 @ 6:02 PM

    thanks but just so you guys know I don’t care if you diss me in fact give me a harder time then you do with Jo-Anne! I mean I would rather be called a stupid little f-g then have people be scared about hurting my feelings online so try to forget my age 🙂

    (Oh and thanks Josie sorry about the things I said about you)

  37. jo • June 16, 2009 @ 7:39 PM

    Oh and STEVE-0 could you give a good rant about how young people are “disgusting human beings”? 🙂

  38. Jo-Anne • June 16, 2009 @ 7:40 PM

    haha jo, you picked up on that too, eh???
    welcome aboard!

  39. tributegirl • June 17, 2009 @ 9:37 AM

    haha, jo, your June 16, 2009 1:31 PM comment cracked me up! Oh yeah, adults do remember!

  40. Jo-Anne • June 17, 2009 @ 10:17 AM

    tribute, your “material choices” amaze me…

  41. Nancy • June 17, 2009 @ 11:25 AM

    Give them time, Jo-Anne! They hadn’t got to it yet! Man, you are such a cry baby when your comments get deleted!!!! LMAO.

  42. jo • June 17, 2009 @ 6:28 PM

    Tribute I don’t understand why you would delete my apology to Jo-Anne which didn’t insult anyone from the comments but keep STEVE-O’s comment about transvestites being “freaks of nature” comment and Guardians “sick bastard” comment

  43. Carol • June 17, 2009 @ 6:32 PM

    I dont’ agree with it either.

    So if Chastidy/Chaz and her/his girlfriend are lesbiens, will she (the girlfriend) still want her/him when he is just a him. Or will she leave for another chick?

    Just had to ask.

  44. tributegirl • June 17, 2009 @ 7:17 PM

    Actually, Carol, that’s a really good point, Jennifer is gay, not straight, she’s presently with a woman and will soon be with a man, will she be happy?

  45. tributegirl • June 18, 2009 @ 8:50 AM

    I work with a very large community, and the people with mental disabilities and their families/friends DO prefer the terms mentally challenged or mentally disabled as they are accurate and non-insulting. However, if I used the term “nutcase” when referring to them, I’m sure it would result in a bloody nose for me.

  46. Nancy • June 18, 2009 @ 9:12 AM

    Jo-Anne: DUH! I DID use it nicely! Then she freaked about it! Which started the whole big fight where I kept telling her that it is better than being called a “nutcase” like her little friend called it!

  47. tributegirl • June 18, 2009 @ 9:26 AM

    Actually, if my memory is correct (not going back to check), the word “nutcase” was used first, then some laughter, THEN Nancy said the term is mentally challenged. It was at that point that all h*ll broke loose.
    I’m also amazed that the word “diva” drew some of the worst comments I’ve seen on this site, yet “nutcase” is being defended.

  48. Jo-Anne • June 18, 2009 @ 9:38 AM

    well, t.g., one thing is for sure…youre responses never “amaze” me…I sure wish one, just one would…

  49. tributegirl • June 18, 2009 @ 9:41 AM

    Well, I’m trying to keep an open mind with all of this, and it would really help if you would too. What I get from your comment is that you think “diva” and “mentally challenged” are WAY worse than “nutcase”?

  50. tributegirl • June 18, 2009 @ 9:56 AM

    That’s not what I’m saying, I’m asking about those three particular words.

  51. Nancy • June 18, 2009 @ 9:57 AM

    Tributegirls 9:26 AM comment is totally on the money!!

  52. tributegirl • June 18, 2009 @ 9:57 AM

    Oh, sorry for any confusion, my comment above was for Jo-Anne, Nancy’s comment didn’t appear until after I hit submit.

  53. tributegirl • June 18, 2009 @ 5:56 PM

    “perhaps if you dont know whats really going on you should stay out of it.”

  54. lily • June 18, 2009 @ 7:31 PM

    Ok, I thought this was an interesting debate so I did some research on google. I found out that autism IS a mental challenge because by definition it is a brain disorder or developmental disability. However, “mentally challenged” generally means low IQ (what used to be called mental retardation) and autistic people do not have low IQs: some have very high ones, in fact.
    But, just to confuse everyone, some organizations group lots of psychological disorders under this “mentally challenged” umbrella, including autism.

    “Mentally challenged” has a stigma because of that low IQ thing so mandee took offense, but her niece IS challenged cause her condition makes a lot of situations–especially social– really hard for her.

    Well, I learned something. Hope I didn’t make the fight worse. This time I’m NOT stirring the pot lol!

  55. Carol • June 18, 2009 @ 8:04 PM

    Wow, Tributegirl…you go girl. You are always very open minded from what I see, and unlike a lot of people you see Nancy’s opinion can be just as legitimate as anyone else’s. I think because Nancy sees both sides of the coin she gets mocked and critisized. I’ve seen you try to assist explaining what she is saying when others make up their own definition of what she said (Just like you have done with me and I appreciate it)
    I think Nancy and Jo-anne have this “relationship” and for whatever reason people put Jo-anne as being the logical one. I’ve seen enough to know that Nancy doesn’t start everything, Jo-anne has a fair share in that, but there are those who make it their “fight” as well.
    So, Tributegirl, you keep on doing what you are doing and saying what you say. I think you really add to the conversation, and unlike some of the people, you even comment on the topic at hand.
    Nancy, you keep doing what you do too (I’m sure you will without me telling you to…lol) because you do see things from a different perspective. So if we came on and all thought the same thing, what would even be the point of all this.
    And I think Chaz is kind of a freaky dude. I’m not into the whole sex change and I think that physically she-man should be content with the body, because changing the body isn’t what really changes the person…doesn’t that all come from within?

  56. lily • June 18, 2009 @ 8:34 PM

    mandee I think we’re arguing two different things. Your niece is getting your full support and thats awsome. But acknoledging that she is overcoming a challenge doesn’t make her less impressive, it makes her even stronger. If someone is paralyzed and they accomplish amazing goals, we call them heroic because they didn’t let that physical challenge stop them. We don’t refuse to see the challenge at all. Wouldn’t that be cheating them out of the very essence of their accomplishment? Christopher Reeve inspired the world with his brave fight–he was horribly physically challenged but he never gave up.
    Thats all I’m saying (and maybe what other people here are saying too). Your family is raising your niece so that she is not letting a psychological condition be an obstacle. The fact that she has to overcome that obstacle makes Misty more special, not less.

  57. mandee • June 19, 2009 @ 12:13 AM

    sorry, i meant i did insult you to jo, not joanne. lol

  58. mandee • June 19, 2009 @ 5:42 AM

    thought id check and see if anyone said anything. anyways, in response to whoever said (sorry its 537am and i havent been to bed yet, dont have the energy to read it all again lol) would that make chaz and his girlfriend break up because shes a lesbian, no i doubt it would really change anything between them. she will still love chaz/chastity because he will still be the same person he always was, just with a few extra parts. its not like this is going to change his personality. carol, i agree. changing comes from within. also, i know this will sound sick, but i really am curious. when they change you to a man, will you even be able to FEEL anything when you have sex with your partner? because it will be artificial right? and who decides how umm…BIG…it will be? do you think that once he is a full man he may actually want to start dating other women? maybe the reason behind the sexchange was that it was all just a ploy to date other women that are straight. sometimes, i really wish i could read minds so i can understand the thought process some of these people have. if youre a woman and you are a lesbian, since when is that not enough? and how would you know its right to take that next step? isnt he aware of all hes giving up? while he is still a she, she has so many opportunities as a woman that a man will never have. like, the very obvious one, does she never want to bear(is this the right one?) a child of her own?

  59. tributegirl • June 19, 2009 @ 6:16 PM

    lily on June 18, 2009 8:34 PM
    Thanks, lily, actually that is exactly what we’ve been trying to say!

    Carol on June 18, 2009 8:04 PM
    And thanks to you too, Carol, I try to see things from every possible angle, without bias, which a lot of people don’t seem to be able to do. Btw, I LOVE your sense of humour!!! You rock!

  60. tributegirl • June 19, 2009 @ 6:17 PM

    Carol, almost forgot, I also love how perceptive you are of people, I bet you can nail down peoples personalities in your private life pretty quickly too!

  61. Carol • June 20, 2009 @ 10:29 AM

    tributegirl, you have no idea….lol
    It was great to read you explode…lol, gotta do that every so often.

    Mandee, how do they determine size? that is a good question…I’m not sure. I remember years ago on Three’s Company Stanley was asking about that and he said “I know how they take if off, but how do they put it on?” and Mrs. Roper just said “scotch tape, Stanley, scotch tape”…lol
    Duct tape would be better though, that works for everything.

  62. demigod • June 20, 2009 @ 11:34 AM

    Carol on June 20, 2009 10:29 AM

    Three’s Company was my fave show ever. So much over-acting 🙂 Have all eight seasons.

  63. lily • June 21, 2009 @ 11:13 AM

    RIP John Ritter. I loved you in everything I ever saw.

  64. Carol • June 21, 2009 @ 8:24 PM

    John Ritter was awesome. We honestly had the best sitcoms ever!

  65. demigod • June 22, 2009 @ 2:05 AM

    John Ritter’s last role was in ‘Bad(der) Santa’. Watch this movie. It’s a must! Hilarious!

  66. demigod • June 22, 2009 @ 2:07 AM

    Btw, ‘Badder Santa’ is the unrated version. Watch that one.

  67. Jo-Anne • June 22, 2009 @ 5:49 PM

    nothing personal against John Ritter, and obvious sadness for his family for his way too early death, however absolutely despised Three’s Company, didn’t care for him as an actor at all and Bad Santa was a huge piece of crap….

  68. Nancy • June 22, 2009 @ 6:09 PM

    I loved ‘Three’s Company’ but never much liked his acting in other shows. ‘Badder Santa’ was pretty funny, demigod!

  69. tributegirl • June 22, 2009 @ 9:16 PM

    I loved Three’s Company, watched it over and over again, repeats didn’t get boring. Really liked John Ritter, great actor in my opinion, plus he seemed like a really nice person.

  70. Nancy • June 22, 2009 @ 9:32 PM

    I buy the Deja Vue channel just for Three’s Company, no other reason.

  71. Matthew Jones • June 25, 2009 @ 5:08 PM

    Do any of you people use punctuation? Man, it’s so hard to understand your comments without reading them twice!

  72. Nancy • June 25, 2009 @ 7:09 PM

    Oh come on! Hahaha…we’re not that bad, are we Matt? 😉

  73. moondog • June 28, 2009 @ 7:57 AM

    this girl/guy is sic

  74. Hates Ignorance • August 8, 2011 @ 5:20 PM

    Most of the comments on here make me sick to my stomach. How dare any of you judge someone like that. For shame! You obviously need to get educated on things beyond your narrow minded world. I pity you!People who are transgendered are born like that and they have to struggle everyday as their bodies don’t match up with their personality/mentality. It is considered a disorder “gender identity disorder”. Most of my best friends are transgendered people – they are amazing and inspiring. Don’t be so quick to judge and stop being ignorant idiots. It’s people like you who ruin the freedom of others. Transgendered people are everywhere, they may be a minority now but they are coming out more and more as years go by. You don’t know if you know one – they may not be out. Get with the times! I hope most of you are teenagers if not, WOW! There are a couple of comments on here I did appreciate however. You know what side I am on anyhow.

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