Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chastity undergoing sex change op

I've just been reading about Chastity Bono and her transition to a man. I must say I am a little surprised about the move. Not because I know her or anything, but because - from reading her memoir, The End of Innocence - I didn't get the sense that she was uncomfortable in her skin. In fact, my impression about Chastity was that she enjoyed and celebrated being a woman.

The latest news, thanks to AP, is below. Image thanks to this site:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chastity Bono is having a sex change to become a man. A spokesman for Bono, born a girl to Sonny and Cher, says he "has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity" and began the sex-change process earlier this year. Publicist Howard Bragman said Bono is proud of his decision and hopes "that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue."

The 40-year-old writer, activist and reality-TV star came out as gay 20 years ago, Bragman said.

In the book "Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming-Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, & Their Families," Bono describes the realization of being "somehow different — specifically different from who my mom expected me to be."

A message left with Cher's representatives was not immediately returned Thursday.

Bono's second book, "The End of Innocence: A Memoir," details how relationships with Joan, a lover, and Sonny and Cher changed after coming out.

In 1995, Bono posed for the cover of the gay magazine The Advocate and began working for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
All the best to Chastity. To be honest, it is not something that I can relate to. I have always loved being a woman, and never wanted anything else. But, it would be hypocritical of me to point a finger at anyone who is following their true destiny, and so, all the best to her.