Chastity Bono, civil rights advocate, journalist, author and musician, is in the early stages of changing his gender—transitioning from female to male, TMZ has learned. Bono, the child of legendary entertainers Sonny and Cher, began the process earlier this year, shortly after his 40th birthday.
"Yes, it's true—Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity," confirmed Bono's publicist, Howard Bragman.
Congratulations to Chaz Bono. I have no beef whatsoever with his decision. I've known lots of lesbian-identified women who transitioned from female to male. Lots. I don't have issue with it. But...
This just doesn't happen to my gay male friends. This has never happened to a gay man that I've know personally. And I can only think of a single gay man in the public eye—one of the Arquettes—who has ever announced that, after years of consideration, he realized he wasn't honoring his true identity—e.g. he'd really been a woman all along—and was transitioning from male to female. Female sexuality is very different than male sexuality—which is not to say that female sexuality is lesser than or inferior to. If we don't view male sexuality as the standard, if we don't use male sexuality as the baseline, pointing out that female sexuality is lived and experienced very differently is no slam. The fluidity of female sexual identity, as I've said in "Savage Love," should be viewed as a superpower, not as a flaw.