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BREAKING NEWS: Sex Change for Chastity Bono

Jun. 11 2009, Updated 5:03 a.m. ET

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Chastity Bono, the daughter of the legendary singing duo, Sonny & Cher, has begun the transformation from female to male, RadarOnline.com can confirm.  

The gay rights activist, author and Celebrity Fit Club contestant, came out as a lesbian two decades ago and had been considering a sex change for several years. Chaz, as he now prefers to be known, began the lengthy transgender process earlier this year.

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Chastity's father, Sonny Bono, died in a freak skiing accident in January, 1998.  Her mother Cher, is still tuning back time with her show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas which resumes in September.

Chaz's stepmother Congressman Mary Bono Mack issued a statement to RadarOnline.com through her Communications director Jennifer May. "The Congresswoman loves and supports Chaz and is hopeful that his privacy and very personal decisions will be respected during this time."

Cher will now have two sons.  Elijah Blue Allman, 32, also a musician, is the product of her brief marriage to bluesman Gregg Allman.

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