June 11th, 2009
04:03 PM ET
We just got statement from the office of Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack who was formerly married to Sonny Bono:
"The congresswoman loves and supports Chaz and is hopeful that his privacy and very personal decisions will be respected during this time."
Chastity Bono, the daughter of the late Sonny Bono and Cher, is in the early stages of transitioning from female to male. Bono’s representative, Howard Bragman, confirmed a TMZ report, telling Showbiz Tonight:
"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.”
Bono is a well known author and gay rights advocate. We’ve reached out to Cher for a comment and when we hear back we will let you know what she has to say!
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