Chastity Bono Becoming Man (Cher Daughter Sex Change Operation )

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Chastity Bono, the daughter of Sonny and Cher, is changing her sex with the help of gender reassignment surgery, The NY Daily News has learned.

Chastity, 40, began the process of transitioning from female to male earlier this year, according to her rep.

“Yes, it’s true — Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity,” publicist Howard Bragman said in a press statement released on Thursday.

“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,” Bragman continued.

“We ask that the media respect Chaz’s privacy during this long process as he will not be doing any interviews at this time,” the statement concluded.

Chastity was featured on VH1 Celebrity Fit Club in 2003.