Cher Still Refers to Transgender Son as 'Her'

Cher Still Refers to Transgender Son as 'Her'

'It took much more courage for her to do it because I am her mom,' the singer said about Chastity Bono changing name to Chaz Bono.

Cher struggles to remember to address her son as a male following the completion of his sex change operation, but has applauded him for undergoing the courageous surgery in the glare of the public eye.

Chastity Bono, who was born to Cher and late singer/actor Sonny Bono as a baby girl, 'came out' as a lesbian in 1995 and began gender reassignment surgery to become a man last year. The process has now been completed and earlier this year, Chastity applied to have his name legally changed to Chaz.

Cher has previously admitted she does "not understand" Chaz's choice, but vowed to support him all the way. And now the operation is complete, the singer admits she still forgets how to address her son.

She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "It's hard - I screw up on the pronouns so often but she's very soft about it and cuts me some slack. It took much more courage for her to do it because I am her mom, she didn't have one moment of peace."


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    Nov 10, 2010

    Agrees with everything Lysa said.

    Oct 28, 2010

    Kudos to for using the correct pronouns in this article, even if Cher still flubs them. But why the emphasis with surgery? Why should that matter? Also, please avoid using trans people's birth names. It's not so bad in this case, since Chaz became known in the public eye under his birth name, but the person who was born *is* Chaz, not Chastity, even if that's the name he was given then.

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