In this 1998 photo, Chastity Bono (right) awaits election returns at a party for her stepmother, Mary Bono (left), in Palm Springs, Calif. (Susan Sterner/AP Photo)
Chastity Bono is having a sex change to become a man, a publicist confirmed to reporters yesterday. The gay-rights activist and reality-TV star first gained fame through childhood appearances with parents Sonny and Cher on their TV variety show. Now 40, Bono came out publicly 20 years ago. Publicist Howard Bragman told the Associated Press that Bono "is proud of his decision" and hopes "that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public." TMZ.com reports that Bono now answers to Chaz.