Cher Supports Daughter's Sex Change

Cher is speaking out for the first time about daughter Chastity transitioning from female to male as Chaz Bono.

"Chaz is embarking on a difficult journey, but one that I will support," Cher tells in a statement. "I respect the courage it takes to go through this transition in the glare of public scrutiny, and although I may not understand, I will strive to be understanding. The one thing that will never change is my abiding love for my child."

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Last week, Us reported that Bono began undergoing a sex change after turning 40 on March 4. A rep would not offer details on the procedure (gender reassignment typically involves surgery and hormone therapy).

"Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity," the Bono spokesperson said.

"He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones," the rep continued. "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."