June 11th, 2009
04:03 PM ET

Sonny and Cher's daughter to become man

Update:

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."

Original post:

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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    you can't change your sex , like you change shoes . pure 100% foolishness, perversion,and craziness, but the sad part is so called sane people are giving congrads. for craziness. 10- 20 yrs ago if a man said, he was a woman trapped inside a man's body, he would be asked to have his head examined, or already on the nineth floor. there is tolerance and then there's crazy. what next, i'm really a horse, so i want to be changed?

    June 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. s

    typical. Always the most pious one that are the most hateful ones. Why is that? Almost makes you completely question the virtue of christianity. All it seems to lead to is intolerance, hatred and condemnation of those that are different.

    June 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AC Rodriguez

    Sick! She will return to female in the hereafter and will answer for her sin.

    June 14, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Adriana

    Agree with Kathy – so much hate from so-called Christians. No doubt you are making Jesus Christ proud. I grew up in the church and I really don't recall anywhere in the Bible where Jesus Christ treated any human with such venomous hatred that you all are displaying for a person YOU'VE NEVER EVEN MET. Please tell me that you're passing on these wonderful values on to your litters of children.

    I am pleased that we live in a free country where this person has the freedom to live the person they feel inside. I know this beguiles the religious right, but the governing document in this beautiful country is the Constitution, not the Bible – some of you forget this on a regular basis.

    June 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. donna

    This is "newsworthy" to help all of those non-famous children/adults know that the feelings they have are NORMAL for them and they should (if they want to and are able to) have the body they are comfortable in. Parents open your eyes to who your children really are, don't put your own dated beliefs on your kids, they will show you in many ways how unhappy they are,sometimes with tragic results.

    June 13, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. MO

    What do you people care what he does with his body and his life? It's not your business. As humans all we should care about is that Chaz is happy and fulfilled as another human being. Blessings Chaz to you and here is to a life that is finally right. I'm sorry it had to take you so long to figure it all out, but better late than never. You will be happier and healthier! To all of you bigoted and completely ignorant fools out there that have to say degrading and humiliating things, look in the mirror then look into your own lives, who's disgusting really?

    June 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kathy

    Wow. The hate and intolerance in this thread is just disgusting. So is the cherry picking of scripture to justify this intolerance. Why is it that these so called Christians will throw Scripture in your face to justify their bigotry, but yet conveniently ignore the fact that Jesus Christ ministered to the "sinners"? And then they also ignore "judge not lest you be judged", "he who is without sin shall cast the first stone", and "love the sinner, but not the sin"?

    June 12, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. michelle

    Everyone is entitled to their opinon but name calling isn't necessary. Congrats to Chastity, hopefully happiness will be found.

    June 12, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Shawn

    Transgendered people are NOT mentally ill. They are just differently wired in their brains. It's a shame that some many people are so willing to throw stones at people who are different.

    June 11, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Seriously.

    Hey "Tolerance is Baloney".
    Maybe try picking up a book about world cultures one day. You might learn something. Tattooing has been around for CENTURIES in MANY different cultures. It is VERY normal. What is "baloney" is people like you who can't see beyond your own ignorance and hate.
    Go amuse yourself w/ a quick google search about the history of body modification. "God" gave you a brain,,,try using it.

    June 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ignoranti

    To all of you judging Chaz/Chastity for this decision, I wish I could be around to witness YOUR judgment day. Alas, I don't believe in God (and take extreme issue with any religion that fuels hate, ignorance and shame) so I'll have to fore-go that pleasure.

    Chaz, I wish you all the best w/ your decision and hope you finally find harmony between your self your your body. Good luck.

    June 11, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chastity's Husband, ah, Wife

    I love Chastity, well, now Chuck, will all my heart. She, um er, he will continue to make great strides in helping those with gender conflicts to be the real people they are, or think they are, um, want to be?, you know what I mean...

    June 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tolerance is baloney

    Tolerance – What a bunch of crap. We should tolerated every freaky thing people claim to be and want to do to themselves. Kind of like people getting tattoos and looking like a coloring book, but them criticize people when they stare. In a world where anything goes, you will have people pushing the limits for acceptance. This isn't normal and quit trying shove it down our throats.

    June 11, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. seth (ftm- or feamle to male)

    CHAZ! I want to tell you thank you for being so willing to put yourself in the eye of the public to raise awareness of ftm transgenders! I am going through my transition right now, and it is very inspirational to hear about this! and for all you people out there that say transgender people are freaks of nuts or not mentally stable, we get evaluated by 2 different therapists for several months to make sure this is what we really want and we are not insane. you need to open your minds! and realize not everyone lives in mayberry anymore!

    June 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  17. really

    freak of nature

    June 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Betty M.

    To David, who quoted Corinthians: Isn't that the same part of the new testiment that went on about how it was bad to "fornicate"? There are times - especially when confronted with Bible Thumpers - when I wonder: "Who the heck thought this stuff up?!" Seriously, if everyone believed & followed all that slave-controlling propaganda, there wouldn't BE anyone, now, to be reading it. "No fornication" equals "no population". If not for us Sinners, the human race (or, at least, those who follow western religion) would've died out by now.

    And no, *god* doesn't make mistakes. WE make our own mistakes and WE should start taking credit for the mistakes and the successes. Learn... grow... and stop leaning on the crutch.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Patrick

    To pat (4:54PM): your attitude is narrow and non-charitable, and I'll bet you consider yourself a Christian.

    to Ray B: you are probably right, but you also are probably pretty boring. If not, I apologize.

    to Leslie: so if your god doesn't make any mistakes then the fact that "his children" can come up with ways to cure genetic diseases and malformations would be in accordance with "his" grand plan, right? (like an all powerful god would have a gender, so stupid, or even care what we do with our bodies, it's a little petty to be concerned with).

    to Angie: YOU felt it was enough news to comment on, thus... news.

    And in general to any of you nay-sayers, I have a wife and two children and live in a very small town in the Deep South, if I can be open minded and non-judgmental enough then you should be too. Try to be more charitable. And try to have at least one gay friend, that might assuage some of your intolerance. Why does everyone have to be the same? It's absurd.

    June 11, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. The world is going down hill fast

    Guess she doesn't want to wait for same sex marriage to become legal, instead she can become a man and marry her girlfriend!!

    June 11, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Enough

    Yuck!! Is this so she won't be a Lesbian anymore? Now she will be a man and her girlfriend will still be her girlfriend? Too confusing.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jon

    I am thrilled that Chaz has decided to move forward with what I’m certain was a difficult decision to make…especially being in the public eye…It is certainly UNFORTUNATE that there are so many people that are so venomous with their words...Makes me wonder where their humanity and compassion is...and how do they apply it to their lives.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Monique de Warren

    Chastity is a beautiful person and free to decide whatever she wants to do with her life and her body. I'm convinced that's a very though decision caused by many problems – intimate and emotional-
    I hope she is in those hard times surrounded by kind people and good friend.
    That's what she needs : Love.
    That's what we all need.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jeri

    I salute Chaz for having the courage to open himself to the kinds of prejudice and hate-speech so amply demonstrated by some of the commenters in order to educate the pubic and provide a model for those suffering as he did prior to making this difficult decision.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  25. I like my original stuff

    I can understand if someone feels like a man trapped in a woman's body or vice-versa – there are occasional mixups of gender and gender-identity in nature – but I don't understand how someone can mutilate their own body to APPEAR to be a different sex. I stress the word APPEAR because you won't have truly functioning male or female organs after a sex change. I'm happy with the "junk" I was born with and it matches my gender identity, so I guess I just can't begin to understand what these people are feeling.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Lisa

    To Leslie:

    Oh really God doesn't make mistakes? Tell that to all the people that are born with deformities or babies born with organ malfunctions and die shortly after birth or animals born with two heads.

    God doesn't control everything, he gave us freedom to let nature and destiny take its course. Some people are born confused with gender. That is something that God created. He also created marijuana.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  27. drake

    chaz. nothing but support and love for you, man! can't wait to see the you that you see. congratulations on your hard but self – freeing decision. all the best during your transition. we got you, babe!

    June 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sean

    I wonder if Chaz would judge all the ultra conservative people as harshly as you they judging "him".

    One thing about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender... you learn to be more tolerant to let people live how they are happy.

    Too bad more of the writers here aren't LGBT people.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Betty M.

    That is fantastic! I wish Chaz all the best. But for a lack of funds, I'd have done it myself years ago.
    As for those crying "disgusting" or "freak" and especially "God makes us what we are and He does not make mistakes ~ " ... I can only say that it's that sort of homophobic, bigoted thinking that has kept us, as a country, from actually living up to the image of being open, understanding and welcoming to all. If we can't accept the people in our own midst - the next door neighbours and people in the media eye - then how can we encourage other countries around the world to be kind to *their* own countrymen?

    June 11, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jen

    Cher will be fine. She has a career because of the LGBT community :)

    June 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jennier

    Chaz didn't "become gay"... He was born that way. Good luck to you Chaz and hopefully you will only deal with loving open minded people that will not judge you in a negative way.

    I can't believe in this day and age we are judging people on what they look like. truly a sad social commentary.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Fred

    Another reason the world is so screwed up.Freaks like this making examples for our kids.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Joi

    Sad is right! poor Cher.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  34. David

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (King James Version)

    9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

    10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Val

    The ignorant people who are saying such awful things need to invest in some education.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jen

    Takes a lot courage to be true to who you are despite the ignorance of others!

    June 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  37. JHeels

    Way to be true to yourself, Chaz! You're the only person you need to make sure is happy, not any of the critics commenting on this story.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Open-minded

    I wonder how many of you closed-minded folks will change your tune if your sons/daughters announce that they're gay.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jo

    What's sad is most of your responses. There is still so little understanding and compasion in this world. I'm not gay, but have gay relatives who are embraced by every one who knows them. It's the people with small closed minds who have decided they have learned enough in life, and need to learn no more, yet feel qualified to preach.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. reece

    What is this world coming to, oh yeah an end. anything for attention
    this shemale will get attention someday alright and beg for mercy

    June 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Scott Pimley

    Chaz should be happy, and if this makes him happy, go for it. The small mindedness of some of the comments I've read here show what a sad and backwards world we live in.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Meg

    What a bold step to honor your biological person. I am proud of you. As a mother of 2 gay children, I support the gay community.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  43. David Ehrenstein

    God DOES make mistakes, Leslie. You're proof of that.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jennifer

    Each to their own. I wish Chasity nothing but happiness and contentment.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  45. theAntiELVIS

    Who cares? How is this any different from the massive amounts of body modification her mother has undergone? Why is this considered news when there is stuff that is actually important going on?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Megan

    goes to show you homosexuality is a "lifestyle choice" and only that – homosexuality is NOT genetic. i do not support this lifestyle choice however it is Bono's decision; marriage should always be between a man and a women and not homosexuals/transexuals/transgenders etc...

    June 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  47. turksplussoda

    The detractors on this post are pretty funny. What do you care if someone you have never met, and most likely never paid attention to before today, decides to alter their appearance/gender? After today, you will likely go on to exist as if you never heard this story anyways. So, instead of pitching in your two cents publicly, just keep on living your life.

    That's what it's all about, living YOUR life. Not the ones people like yourself prefer to see in order to keep their lives more "whole"; "whole" by whatever god-fearing principle you choose to help guide YOUR life.

    Judge not lest ye be judged.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Melanie

    OH GET OVER YOURSELVES!!! She's dealt with this in an honest and straightforward manner. Just because it isn't for you doesn't mean you get to bash her or put her down. The name calling and crazy stuff needs to stop. She's a grown person with a mind of her own. You small minded, uninformed idiots need to go back to your in bred families and leave this person alone. Guess what you uneducated, backward, uninformed hillbillies, she doesn't need your acceptance or permission to live her life. I happen to think she's a lovely person, male or female she will be a credit to the human race. Chaz deserves to live life as he feels and be happy doing it. What he does in his bedroom has NO bearing on my life. It doesn't have any on your life either. Notice it's mostly men who have issues with this. Can't stand for anyone to be happy. GO CHAZ!!! From a fan for now and all time!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Shell

    More power to him!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Passive

    If your gay and technology is there..might as well!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Given Campbell, Tampa FLA

    Cher was furious when s/he came out and cut Chaz out of her life. Funny how Cher does crazy things herself but can't see how that would be embarrassing to her daughter. I think they both need a little help.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Really?

    Honestly, who gives a flying crap? What makes this news?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jennifer

    What a bunch of bigots. Good for him.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Joel

    Do what makes you happy 'Chaz'. It's your life to live, not those who comment here.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ron Butcher

    I'm sure that Sonny is turning over in his grave!!! Chastity's being gay was bad enough, but her wanting to be a man is sick and disgusting!!! God does not make mistakes, Chastity, and you should realize this. Accept the fact you are a woman, not a man!!!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  56. rhonda

    Some things are left well alone. You may change appearance, but you'll never be a "man" regardless of what "surgery" change. It'll never change what God made, and the you'll always be a she/he in eyes of the world no matter what you look like. Spend the money on people in the world who needs "surgery" for life if you're so bored.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Sherry E

    What a bunch of ignorant, intolerant dolts. Some of these comments are so representative of the lack of knowledge and intolerance of the "general public."

    June 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  58. never

    To "Leslie", a couple questions for you.
    1. "God never makes mistakes" - does creating Hitler count in that statement?
    2. If God created and controls everything, doesn't that means he wants Chaz to do exactly what he is doing?

    You can't have it both ways, even though it's convenient for you to think so.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  59. texas gal

    hey Randy G.....now thats some funny stuff.....ROF...LMAO.
    I put her right up there with Micheal Jackson....freak shows!!!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Fred Nickerson

    Let's all be civil and tolerant. This cannot be an easy decision. Who are we to judge.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  61. rdeebee

    Why would she do this? Doesn't she realize how hard it will be to get women now?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Lori

    20 years ago Chastity Bono was a beautiful young woman. Now she’s just obese and completely unattractive. Transitioning to a new gender will be the final destruction of herself.
    ----------------
    That's what it looks like to me too, complete self destruction on her part.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Joan

    Bless her heart.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  64. DZ

    There is a lot of hate in here. Transgenderism is not black and white people. This beyond difficult and a pain many of you could never understand. You don't have agree with it, but it is not disgusting. It takes a lot to deal with the confusion and make whatever choice you have to make.

    Remember the transgendered have the highest rate of suicide. You really have to try and understand life through the eyes of someone going through that much pain. More power to him.

    There is no God, if there was how would they allow someone to live life this confused? You Bible thumpers need stop trying to guide other's lives and live your own and hold true to your values and morels quietly. Chaz's gender doesn't affect you at all.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Ricky Tinkle

    Chaz is just taking after her mother.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  66. SF

    Gross.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Lori

    Freaks...is right.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  68. James

    Leslie said: How totally awful! God makes us what we are and He does not make mistakes~"

    Leslie, how do you explain hermaphrodites?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Jay

    To pat, ray b, Brent, Jim, Randy, Leslie, and Ronnie,

    Calm down and have an open mind. Let people be who they want to be. I'm sure your families have enough drama to go around. No need to bring that here.

    Congrat Chaz on following your heart and doing what makes him happy!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Deb

    What I think is shocking is all of these comments that are so negative. I'm simply surprised at the lack of tolerance and understanding, especially about something that simply doesn't have anything to do with you. Posting comments that are so judgemental is like publicly spitting in Chaz' s face. Would you do that if you passed him on the sidewalk? If not, then why would you write the comments here? Be thankful if you've never had to face a crisis like Chaz's, let alone deal with it for so many years. I hope you're not teaching your children to be so close-minded.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Gary

    For all you Bible thumpers–"judge not lest ye be judged." And furthermore, God doesn't make mistakes–he made he, she, you, me, and people like Chastity. I say good for HIM and I hope this is what makes HIM happy.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Sharon

    Most of the sex changes I've known of were male to female, which I believe is far more common. Oh well, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Jim Smole

    I wonder if Cher will blame this on George Bush?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Ed Dugan, Mountain Home, Arkansas

    Just another story from the world of the inconsequential. Who really gives a damn what the Bonos do. They were irrelevant when they were together, now one is dead, one is almost forgtotten except at Hollywood parties and the daughter (or son) is pathetic.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  75. JP

    Yuck. I so did not need to know this. How disgusting, like a circus sideshow.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  76. JSM

    She looks like a man already...

    June 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  77. rm

    Good luck in your decision and I hope it brings you nothing but happiness.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  78. MD lady

    You are correct. God does not make mistakes!! How dare we to think that as beings that HE created that we have a right to go around trying to change that. If you are born with female parts, thats what you are. If you are born with male parts, thats wht you are. This is just another indication that God will be coming back to Earth very soon. All these abominations are described in detail in the bible. God help HER! Because she is not a man. I wish people would stop referring to people who try to change their gender as what he/she believes he/she should ahve been born as.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Charlie

    Why are you people acting the way you are? People can't help that they are born like that. I have known really cool people that have had that done and it comes from the inside as to why they are doing. They are not comfortable with who they are on the inside and out and for you guys to sit there and type that, "it's sad", "disgusting" ....that type of thing that they are going through isn't just because they woke up one day and said, "oh i'm a girl, but now I want to be a man!" It's a life long thing that isn't anything to make fun of! I guess it goes to show you that there are a lot of people out there that have no knowledge of this kind of thing and to understand it as well!
    I am totally for what he is doing! It would be a hard thing to go through but kudos to him and all the other people out there that go through that!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  80. JESSE

    GOOD FOR HIM. Open your mind people. Seriously, by calling someone like this freak only exposes your own sheltered life and close-mindedness. This is not hurting anybody. Enjoy.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  81. ernesto66

    Does anyone out there name-dropping God, consider that being born a certain way may be a part of our journey here on Earth? Who said anything about he or she being the wrong sex? Body images, like sexuality, political affiliation and hairstyles, are flexible.

    Your opinion (and mine) are useless to this person. Whatever state he or she is in, it takes courage to reach inside yourself, find what makes you happy, and act on it. The sad ones are those who never do. Matthew 7:1.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Jessica

    To the people leaving comments of hate and disgust: Planned Parenthood.org states the following: "Sometimes a female or male gender is assigned to a baby through surgery. Up to 5 of these surgeries occur every day in the U.S." My point is that sometimes people are born and forced to assume a gender or their parents allow them to grow up to decide for themselves after their hormones and their personality shows them who they are. This is not God making a mistake it is biology and sometimes people aren't as lucky to just be born into the body that fits who they are on the inside. I'm sure Chaz is not going through this without years of mental anguish and comments of hate: your hate is no different than the hate that drives men to shoot security guards at holocaust museums or doctors at legal abortion clinics. Stop the hate!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Patrick

    Whether it's real or not, why are people so judgemental? Not enough going on in your own menial lives? First, you have no idea what he is going through to declare him "just another mentally confused person." Second, you don't "become" gay, you EARN IT! LOL Seriously, it's roots are scientifically proven in genetics...haven't you been paying attention? Third, it's shallow and vain to judge someone completely on their appearance to declare them "obese and completely unattractive." I can't believe the level of ignorance out there. If there is a God, he made a hypocrite out of YOU...'cause your bible says "not to judge" (paraphrased) and here you are talking like you are God. I guess that makes you a false prophet and for that you're going to hell. Where are all you people from? Pathetic!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Milwaukee

    LOL TO RANGY G COMMENTS!!!!! IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  85. YakRob

    What's sad is that so many people feel they need to force their stereotypes and biases on others – take the splinter out of your own eye and let people be who they are – yeah you, narrow minded Christian – who are you to say that God is not directing Chaz's decisions? And if the answer is that you know that God isn't directing this transformation, you are way arrogant to assume to know God's will and purpose, and to impose human limits on the GREAT SPIRIT. Go read your bible some more.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Nikto

    I would love it if we could finally lose the T from the LGBT "community". They don't belong and never have.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  87. vero

    Wow this just goes to show me how we are still stuck in the stone ages. Disgusting???? Take a look in the mirror...you are not flawless!! GOD also doesn't judge so you shouldn't either.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Randy G.

    For the people who say, it's her life or his life, as long as they dont do this or that..you should stop and think about how immoral it is to want to change from one sex to another...how about if yor father changes to your mother and your mother changes into your father??? There are some things that are debatable,and can possibly be tolerated, but not changing your sex.Its immoral and sets a bad example for children...

    June 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Camembert

    Leslie, how do you feel about people who, while keeping their gender, transform their bodies with plastic surgery (a la Cher)? If God makes no mistakes, then these people are also abominations. By that rule, no one shouldn't dye their hair, get tattoos, get bikini waxes, shave or cut hair, or do anything that alters their body or their appearance in any way. Live and let live; Chastity/Chaz's gender reassignment does not affect you.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Antonio

    To all you haters: Stop commenting on others' lives and live your own.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Bridget

    I'm more disturbed by the negative posts than the new of Chaz's opportunity to finally become who he truly is . Shame on you all for being so judgemental !

    June 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Bill Kille

    Where they gonna get the man parts from?????

    June 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Stan

    Good luck to him. The snide and mean comments are outrageous, not what Chaz is doing. Pretty easy to sit back an poke fun about weight and sex, isn't it? When it's not you of course! Grow up.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Lisa

    Wow! Amazing! Not that Chaz is being himself, but Wow! Amazing! that there are so many ignorant jerks here. Evolve people.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  95. OnlyJesusSaves

    You can't change your DNA !! No matter what they do to her physically, she will always be a female, period. Call her whatever you like, but SHE will never have a Y chromosome; it's simply not debatable. Chastity, give your life to Christ before it's too late, OK?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  96. SnSD

    Good for her, be true to yourself Chastity and good luck.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Jen

    I think it's awesome that in this day and age a person can truly live his or her life as he chooses.

    And, for all of you who make ignorant comments about how it's disgusting or wrong, think of it this way: If this were your child, would you love him or her any less if they chose to make a transition like this in their life? Would you kick your child to the curb and stand by as people said he or she was disgusting or a freak? I don't think so.

    Get over yourselves - It's not your life to live, so why do YOU care what someone else is doing?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Anna M

    Good for Her( Him) who cares what other people think. It is his life now and he needs to live whatever way he is the happiest. You Rock....

    June 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Stephen

    Rush Limbaugh is living proof that God makes mistakes.

    People are free to do what they want with their lives. Get over yourselves.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Jaybra

    Do not throw rocks if you leave in a glass house. God when he made us, he new what was going to happened to each one of us from the begining, he is the ALL MIGHTY HE NOWS EVERY THING. And this affects your daily life how?.............................

    June 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Christy

    Good for him!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  102. jen

    Wow, you people are just mean. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. The only sick thing about this story is the small-minded nitwits who commented so cruely about it.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Shane

    Until you walk in someone's shoes, don't judge their actions. God loves everyone no matter what. None of you know what is going on in her mind and how she feels. Keep your closed minded attitudes to yourself. If you don't like a story or situation, move on. God doesn't make mistakes but is open to helping us find our true selves.

    If someone is born with both a penis and a vagina, is that what God intended? What about those people in this world? It's not cut and dryed. Who makes the decision when a baby is born with both parts? Do you just leave them as a hermaphrodite because "God made them that way?"

    Wake up people. Some people are born gay and that has no effect on your life or your family. Nor on your marriage but that's a whole different topic.

    God taught and teaches tollerance and love – not judgement. If you don't like diversity, keep your mouth shut.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Scott

    Mind your own business everybody. Live and let live.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Mathew

    Soooooo, if s/he was a lesbian, or more to point, a homosexual, then in order to retain her identity once she is a he, he must like men then, right? Because if she will still be into woman, then her homosexuality will become heterosexuality, thereby negating her status as a lesbian and being just a straight man trapped in a woman's body? But if she is firmly homosexual, she will have to be into men, right? These are things people never get a chance to think about.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Beth

    I'll really never understand why people feel they are born the wrong gender! Of course Cher will accept Chasity's decision...she loves her daughter but I bet it really hurts her at the same time! This is sad!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  107. deb0155

    Why is this news? With everything else going on in the world – again, why is this important to any of us? It only reminds me of the fact that while most people are really suffering trying to put food on the table, keep their jobs, put their kids through school, and just be able to pay their basic bills – there are still people who have that much money to change their sex.

    I really don't care what she does!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  108. loryn

    go chastity! honor your inner dude. all you haters mind your business.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Z

    For all those people who said "freak" and "disgusting." Wow. Welcome to the year 2009. Who cares? Let people do what they want. If we were all a bit more indifferent about stuff like this, the world would be a lot less hateful. Maybe you don't have a life, but I do, and could care less about someone cutting their junk off...I have way too much other important stuff to do with my life. You losers are so sad.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Liz

    More power to her. it's her life

    June 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  111. cjames

    Two words: Urban Myth.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Tim

    Why can't she just be a lesbian and be happy with that??

    June 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Gloria Doom

    Who are we to judge anyone else. Chaz isn't hurting anyone, and has evidently thought this all through. No one would choose to have such feelings, I'm sure. We should just wish the best of luck to him, even if one doesn't agree with the whole situation.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  114. MLF

    But won't she/he become heterosexual if she becomes a man?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Becca

    "He" will always genetically be a "She" - why can't people learn to accept themselves as they were created rather than trying to change their bodies to match who they "think" they are .. no thinking required - you've either got two X chromosomes or you don't.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  116. L.

    How do you transform if you don't actually have the operation?? (and good for her/him!!) Life is too short to waste a bit of happiness that can be had, and I am a conservative. :)

    June 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  117. nick

    Congradulations Chaz.
    More power to you. It must have been hard with all the closed minded Jerks out there, in the US and th rest of the world.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Cincinnati Kimberly

    Let me begin by saying "Angie" you're ignorant and should really learn to judge yourself instead of other people. I am proud of him for doing what he believes in his heart to be right. Life is too short to conform to the standards of other people. Who are we to judge someone for doing what is best for them??? Those of you judging him, should wish that you could be as courageous and admirable as he is. Better yet, why don't you help in making the world a better place for everyone and stop breathing. You are the reason that people are afraid to be themselves, we should welcome their differences.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Darron

    "God makes us what we are and He does not make mistakes"

    Care to explain birth defects? Or how about hermaphrodites (people with sex organs of both males and females in one body).

    June 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Jrod

    And people are upset by this? In response to the comment that God makes us who we are and doesn't make mistakes: then I am to assume that God also created Hitler, Hussein, Pol Pot and other mass murderers. Wouldn't those have been mistakes?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Stop Hating

    Congrats to Chaz for having the courage to make his transition so publicly. To those of you who think this is a joke or have negative things to say, you should think twice before commenting on something you haven't even tried to understand. Being true to one's self is never a sin no matter what your beliefs are. In a hundred years, humanity will laugh at the idea of binary gender. I pity your ignorant, hate-filled existences.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  122. LBW

    Why? She already looks like a man and she can buy what she needs at "those stores". Why go through the pain of surgery?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Jesse

    I have never once seen a case like this which could not be readily explained by a nurture issue rather than nature issue. I sincerely hope extensive psychiatric care has been experienced before any further physical change is created.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Beth

    I am so proud of Chaz! You just may be saving lives with going public with this information. If it saves the life of even one gay, confused teenager, it will be well worth it. You go man!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Guy

    More power to you Chaz.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Steve

    I hope she will be happy...always felt sorry for her growing up in that weird show-biz family. Her parents starring in a hit variety show where their main schtick was to insult each other non-stop for an hour. Then an acrimonious divorce...again, hope this makes her happy.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  127. ginger

    Good for Chasity/Chaz!
    And for the rest of you who smirk, laugh and point fingers.... life is difficulte enough for all of us (you too!). Please practicae a little more kindness and acceptance.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  128. NJC

    Mother nature makes us what we are and sometimes she makes a mistake and god does not judge us by what sex we are but by what type of person we are and what is in our hearts.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  129. deb

    Well, here we go with all the ignorant haters again. I feel for anyone who feels they were born in the wrong gender. This must be a very difficult decision to make. Good luck to her/him.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  130. PCMom

    Best wishes to Chaz - I know coming out 20 years ago must have been very hard. I'm glad he knows who he is finally.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  131. John

    another freak

    June 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Ron

    The lucky one in this whole thing is Sonny. At least when he ran into a tree, the tree won. That way he doesn't have to be interviewed on this fandango. Along with the David Carradine story, we sure are getting an earful from Hollywood.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Marana Parker

    Why is this news? With all the economic crisis that we are all experiencing, they have to report this?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Maria

    So much ignorance in these comments, mostly fueled by religion, naturally.

    Here's hoping Chastity finds far more compassion for his problem than displayed here.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  135. M Reddin

    As a Cher fan for many years, ...the last 37 to be exact....and the parent of a gay daughter, I just want to say that I wish Chastity (Chaz) the best and that I am sure this decision was not taken lightly. As a parent my heart goes out to Cher, for as I know myself, this, although she may have accepted it out of love for Chas, it is in and of itself....the loss of a daughter. I am not offering condolences, mind you....I am offering love, support and friendship. May God be with the entire family as this takes place, may there be a peace come to Chaz that evidently she(he) has yet to have ever felt in life. I am so sorry that life was not what it should have been and that he has had to make such a drastic choice, as I know how society feels about these things. Peace be with you, Chaz. Chaz – Still remember the words to that song....these will never change for your mom...."Chastity Sun, you are the one, you have come from me, you're the fruit I'm the tree.....I am trying so, but I've got so far to go, I got so much to teach you, and so much myself to know." Remember to help HER through this as she helps you....Elijah...be strong dude for your family. Miss Georgia.....you be a rock. Georgeanne, be strong, your sister and family will need you. Ed Bartylak....be there for Cher's security.....I will keep you all in my prayers.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Leigh

    Why is this news? Or is it "news"?

    June 11, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  137. JL

    Makes you wonder what Sonny and/or Cher did to that girl to mess her up so badly!!!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Clint

    Why would CNN ask for comments about this personal issue? Seems to me that they want to encourage hate speech from right wingers who will take offense at this.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Ann Davis Midland, Texas

    Well, she will never be accepted in my world. This is an offense to GOD!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  140. karyn southwell

    Well all I can say is WHOA.Im sure it was a hard descion to make for her/him but I hope Cher understands this.Its sad knowing that there are people out there who feel they are in the wrong sex.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Susan

    you go guy!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Ronnie

    this story has to be fake!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Angie

    Oh, seriously! Is this newsworthy? SHE is just another mentally confused person doing permanent damage to the body she was born in. It's disgusting that this is even possible, let alone considered news!! Give me a break!!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Liberty

    How wonderful that this is possible in our time. I have great respect for Chaz's courage and willingness to live the life he has chosen. I wish him all the luck and love he deserves. Namaste Chaz.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Anonymous

    Sad.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Leslie

    How totally awful! God makes us what we are and He does not make mistakes~

    June 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Randy G.

    I'm sure Cher is probly singing "If I could Turn Back Time" !!!!

    June 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Pat

    Chastity was so beautiful child and young lady. As she became an adult and gay. It was shocking but it's her life. As long that she or he is a decent citizen and doesn't hurt anyone around her. More power to her! I wish her the best in life, what ever choice she may make! Good luck......

    June 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Randy G.

    God made a man to have what he has , and a woman to have what she has, and they should live with what they were born as, Period....Anything other then that is just being selfish, and vain...They aren't interchangeable parts you know...Man, how stupid can you be to want to whack it off for something else....Purely narcissistic when people do that ...As a parent, do you say you have a daughter or son??

    June 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Jim Resnik

    20 years ago Chastity Bono was a beautiful young woman. Now she's just obese and completely unattractive. Transitioning to a new gender will be the final destruction of herself.

    June 11, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Brent

    This is funny.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Jessica

    ...wow. Thats all I can say. I'm speachless.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  153. pat

    Disgusting.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  154. G Rogers

    You go, Chaz.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Steve Darnell

    hahahahahaha

    June 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Mike

    I'm confused. Chaz is a declared homosexual. If Chaz becomes male, will Chaz have to start dating men to remain homosexual? If not, and Chaz sticks to women, is Chaz thereby converting to heterosexual? Or, is there such a thing as a "male lesbian"? If so, and I'm a male that is attracted to women, can I qualify as being lesbian?

    June 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  157. MARIE

    OMG

    June 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  158. sharon from greenville michigan

    I know that it is very narrow minded of me but if this was my child I would be so dissapointed. I would try from the bottom of my heart to accept such a decision but I'm not sure if I could

    June 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  159. BJ

    She was so cute when she was on the show in the 70s...how sad this is. and I dont' care how many of you out there comment back with all your remarks I wont' be reading them...I just needed to say this was sad, because I grew up with Sonny and Cher. Sonny was a great man

    June 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Louie

    More Power to you Chaz! People should be encouraged to be who they are!

    June 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  161. unbelielevable...

    Sonny was a well known author and gay rights advocate... but he skied into a tree and killed himself. this article is pure crap and propaganda. Another sad story to add to the S & C drama. sick

    June 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  162. PD

    You Go Girl................oops Guy!!!! God help us for all the right wing 'bs' we are going to have to listen to for the next week or so about this. But, who cares..............because we are 'OUT AND PROUD' in America!!!!

    June 11, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  163. What???

    Who can argue climate change?

    June 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Flora

    Bravo to Chaz. His bravery has been an inspiration. May he live a long, happy, and healthy life!

    June 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Bill

    Question...... and I am a gay man asking this. If Chaz becomes a man, would he then be considered straight since his sexual preference would be for women? I am confused....

    June 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  166. leahkitty

    Best wishes. Everyone needs to be happy in who they are.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Jennika

    You have got to be joking.

    And by the way, even if she does a sex change and calls herself a "he", it really is not the case biologically. Gender cannot truly be changed (i.e. the girl from Oregon who says she's a man and gave birth!!!) Pretty sick stuff. These people are pretty messed up. Sounds like they need counseling instead of a gender change.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Voted for gay Marriage

    Freedom of self mutilation should be questioned for those who seek self gratification to change the extremes of their sexual adventures. Look at the late David Carradine. When will it all be considered unacceptable and were do you draw the line on were to cut?

    June 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  169. H Jay from NYC

    Why is this news worthy?

    June 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Lily Reeser

    I'm totally stunned. Chastity Bono was always a pretty girl. If becoming a man makes her happy, then I hope she has all the happiness in the world.

    June 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |

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