Call Me Chaz! Chastity Bono Now Legally a Man

Chastity Bono, the former daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono is now officially their son, Chaz Bono. A year after undergoing a sex change, Chaz Bono is now legally a man. Chaz Bono previously came out as a lesbian back when she was still Chastity Bono, but later realized she was really gay, per se – she was actually just in the wrong body. Bono began transitioning from female to male in 2008.

Chaz Bono before and after
Chaz Bono before and after

Chaz Bono was finally granted a legal gender and name change on Thursday by a California judge. Bono underwent “irreversible surgery” last September to alter his “sex characteristics from female to male,” according to court documents filed in March. The former Chastity Sun Bono is now officially Chaz Salvatore Bono and will be issued a new birth certificate reflecting his name and gender changes.

“It’s hard for me to articulate how this feels—when you’ve lived your whole life in a body and having everybody relate to you as something you don’t feel,” Bono told People magazine in December of his decision to change his sex. “When that finally gets righted, it’s just amazing. I finally get to live my life the way I’ve always wanted to.”

“I feel so much more comfortable than I’ve ever been,” Bono said. “I’ve felt male as far back as I can remember. Life is short and life is precious. This is who I am. I need to finally be who I am.”

“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,” Bono’s publicist said in a press statement.

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