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Cher's Daughter Chastity Bono To Undergo Sex Change

Chastity Bono, daughter of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, plans to undergo a sex change.

A spokesman for Bono, born a girl to Sonny and Cher, has announced that Chastity, who will now be known as Chaz, "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," says the publicist.

"This will be a long process but it's something Chastity has wanted to do for many years."

Bono began the sex-change process earlier this year after turning 40 in March.

The 40-year-old activist and writer spoke wrote about her sexuality in her 1998 book 'Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming-Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, & Their Families'.

Bono said she knew she was "somehow different, specifically different from who my mom expected me to be" from a young age and revealed that she 'came out' at 18.

She recounted how Cher "went ballistic for a few days" and banished her from their Manhattan apartment although she later accepted it after seeing her "as a full person for the first time" and became an advocate for the LGBT community.

June 12, 2009 |

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