Chastity Bono Before and After
Chastity Bono is now Chaz Bono. TMZ reports that the child of Sonny and Cher Bono officially became a man on Thursday when a judge granted his petition for a gender and name change. What do you think of the before and after picture?
According to court documents, Chaz underwent an “irreversible surgery” on September 23, 2009 to change his “sex characteristics from female to male.” Chaz’s doctor writes in the documents, “Chaz Bono has completed his gender reassignment surgery.”
Chaz’ physical transformation began last year, starting with hormones and “top surgery” to remove his breasts. Last year he declined to say whether he planned to have surgery below the belt as well, saying that it was too private to discuss.
In April 1995, Chaz (then Chastity) voluntarily came out in an interview with The Advocate. At the time, he said the move “catapulted me into a political role that has transformed my life, providing me with affirmation as a lesbian, as a woman, and as an individual.” Chaz went on to become a spokesperson for LGBT awareness and rights.
In June 2009, Chaz’s publicist said of his gender reassignment: “It is Chaz’s hope that her choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as her coming out did.”