Chastity Bono, or Chaz as he's now known, revealed today via his agent, Howard Bragman, that he is transitioning from female to male. Bragman made the following statement on behalf of Chaz, author, journalist, civil rights activist, and perhaps best known for being the child of the late Sonny Bono and singer/actress/performer/gay icon extraordinaire Cher:
"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."
In "most ironic place for a privacy request to be made" news, TMZ.com reports Bragman asks that the media does not badger Bono for interviews at this time.