Chaz (nee Chastity) Bono Transitioning

Chastity Bono is [transitioning] 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."(Link)
Bono was born famous, and has used his fame-by-association in a positive way (or tried to) on behalf of the queer community for half his life. He's probably not so famous, though, that he couldn't have transitioned in private, if he'd wanted to. Or maybe I'm wrong about that; maybe this announcement was pressed by a tabloid who'd been tipped off and was poised to run a SHOCKING! headline. Either way, all I can think is that transitioning in the public eye, nationally, internationally, is really quite selfless and brave.

[H/T to Deeky.]

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