In light of Chastity Bono's recent news that he is undergoing a gender transition, transgendered actress Candis Cayne has a few words of advice. “I commend Chaz for his brave journey, for being such a public figure and owning his identity,” the Dirty Sexy Money star, who underwent her own gender change in her early 20s, tells In Touch exclusively. “I extend my hand, sending light and love during his transition. I would hope that the press and public would honor Chaz's privacy at this time." Chaz, the child of entertainer Cher and the late singer Sonny Bono, came out as a lesbian 20 years ago, and today, a spokesperson for the LGBT activist confirmed that he started the process of changing from female to male shortly after his 40th birthday in March. "He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones,” the rep says.