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June 14, 2009

Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono is (or, to be precise, will be) the son of Sonny and Cher Bono. Born as a woman and known until now as Chastity she is going to transition to male over the coming months. As you can imagine this has caused quite a lot of comment. There are the usual groups shouting about this and that. Yes, there are thos who think that there are some individual choices which should not be made.

There's also been enough shouting from the other side of the argument about Chaz Bono. About how "empowering", how "brave" this is, how Chaz Bono needs "support".

Ek, get over it all people, gender reassignment is hardly something new in this world of ours, it's been going on for decades. Individuals have a huge number of choices out there and a damn good thing to. It's called the advance of freedom and liberty.

Cher's child is in the process of having a sex change, it has been revealed.

Chaz Bono, who lived as a lesbian called Chastity for nearly 20 years, is to undergo gender reassignment.

His publicist Howard Bragman said last night: "He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by 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."

More on this over here:

"The process has been going on for a while now. Chaz is taking hormones. As for when he's having the breasts removed - no date has been set," the website reveals.

"His partner of several years is totally cool about the change, and both of them say it will not alter their relationship," the report continues. It is believed his mother Cher has known about Chaz's plans for over a year.

American transgender equality groups are praising Chaz Bono for going public with his gender journey, which is sure to create more awareness of transitioning people.

Maybe I'm just too cynical but I'm really not sure what all this "awareness" is about. Chaz Bono is changing gender. Great, very happy for him. But the rest of us, shouldn't the reaction be "so what"?

Sonny and Cher split up. He became a conservative Republican congressman. She became a hot babe of a performer, and she continues on that path at age 63. Their daughter Chastity came out as a lesbian and an advocate for gay rights.

Now, Chastity has decided to become a man named Chaz. Who would have thought it possible that that cute little girl born to our fairy tale celebrities would someday grow up to be a guy?  And I wonder what conservative Sonny would have thought about his daughter's newfound persona.

And yes, obviously, someone had to make this joke:

Daughter of Sony and Cher, gay activist Chastity Bono announced today that she is "transitioning" from female to male and will be known as Chaz Bono. "Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity," said a written statement. It is estimated that one-quarter to one-half percent of the American population is transsexual. However, Chaz Bono has not yet decided if he will have sexual reassignment surgery. If he elects to do so, he still will not have had as much plastic surgery as mom, Cher.

More news at the links below.

» Celebrity and Sexuality Random Chronicles: Infinite randomness
By Not-A-Random Girl
Cher's lesbian daughter, Chastity Bono, will be undergoing a sex change. From now on, he will be known as Chaz Bono. Well, I respect everyone's choices in life. If that's what makes her/him happy, so be it. ...

hello, my name is sam... - and I really hate brainwashed people.
By Sam
Men don't have vaginas (except Chaz Bono, of course - zing!). But why do people really zero in on that one sin in Leviticus, when there are so many more abominations of god in that book? -Don't look at any naked menstruating women. ...

» Chaz Bono Gives Voice To An Often 'Invisible' Community - ABC ...
By Google News - Entertainment
By LAUREN COX and RADHA CHITALE Transgender men fighting for legal protections say Thursday's announcement by Chastity Bono, child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, that she will be transitioning from female to a male as Chaz Bono is a ...

Exclusive Video: Chaz Bono Spotted Out | AMERICAN NONSENSE
By The Insider
The Insider has exclusively obtained the first video of Cher's adult child Chaz Bono, formerly Chastity, spotted out in Los Angeles on Friday. It's the first.

June 14, 2009 in Celebrities | Permalink


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