Chaz Bono
American activist and entertainer
Chaz Bono
Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American transgender advocate, writer, and musician. He is the only child of American entertainers Sonny and Cher, though each had children from other relationships. He is a transgender man. In 1995, after several years of being outed as lesbian by the tabloid press, Bono publicly self-identified as such in a cover story in a leading American gay monthly magazine, The Advocate.
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There Are Many Reasons to Get Amazon Prime This Holiday Season and 'Transparent' Is One of Them
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Let's face it: guaranteed two-day delivery is going to be the main reason people line Amazon Prime's coffers for the foreseeable future, but its increasingly watchable original series might just be the next. As many of us anticipate the second season of Jill Soloway's Transparent (December 11), it's worth taking a moment to step back and appreciate the changing face of transgender representations in the media. If you've turned on the television this year, you're practically guaranteed to have heard the word transgender at least once -- and mostly in a context evincing or at least bordering on respect. This is in part due to the well-deserved critical success of Transparent and Orange is the New Black, in which Laverne Cox plays a transgender woman behind bars, perhaps unintentionally a metaphor for how many of us feel imprisoned in a body we didn't choose. These days, series featuring transgender characters -- mostly in the reality genre -- seem to pop up at a rate I'm sure ...
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Bruce Jenner's story is his alone to tell, so why all the wild talk?
LATimes - almost 2 years
Everyone loves "Transparent." The groundbreaking series about the midlife transition of a transgender woman put Amazon on the Emmys map and raised the visibility of a group of Americans already benefiting from the courage and talent of people like Chaz Bono, Lana Wachowski and Carmen Carrera.
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Speaking for Ourselves
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Last week we saw the continuation of the Janet Mock/Piers Morgan saga. What started off in the first interview a week earlier in a manner that seemed to please both the host and the interviewee degenerated into a situation where both protagonists ended up speaking past one another. Still, I believe that however difficult it has been for everyone involved, it is ultimately all for the good. To review the facts as I know them, having watched both CNN programs and read about the explosion in social media, I have a few thoughts. The most important is that, finally, we are seeing trans persons speaking for themselves, and about themselves, in the mainstream media. This has been the case in social media for some time now. Still, it is significant when a major mainstream media outlet finally takes the time to bring the trans community to light. As I've mentioned in previous weeks, I've lived through Psycho, Phil Donahue and Jerry Springer, Tales of the City and Silence of the Lambs. I've w ...
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Why Cher Is Nervous To Be A Guest Judge On 'DWTS'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Cher is terrified to guest judge "Dancing With The Stars" . In fact, the superstar doesn't even think she's qualified to be judging the show, even though her son Chaz Bono was a contestant on Season 13, her aunt and uncle were both ballroom dancers, and -- let's be real -- she's freakin' Cher. "I don't know anything about ballroom dancing," she admitted on a conference call on Friday. "I don't want to be responsible for someone getting a different mark than a professional would give them. I like to know what I'm doing and do it really well. In this instance I have no idea what I'm doing." Instead, Cher said she hopes she'll be called upon to comment on the entire dances, not the technical aspects of routines. The pop icon said she's been relying heavily on Chaz for his guidance. "He's coming over tonight to give me tips," she said. "He said, 'Mom, you don't understand how seriously people take this. I'm going to tutor you.' Obviously I need all the help I can get." For a woman wh ...
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Chaz Bono 'Much More Comfortable in My Skin'
ABC News - over 3 years
The former "Dancing with the Stars" star has lost at least 65 pounds.     
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Ross Mathews And Chelsea Handler Talk Chaz Bono, Other Celebs Before 'Hello Ross!' Premiere (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Former "Tonight Show" intern and "Chelsea Lately" roundtable commentator Ross Mathews has a new talk show, "Hello Ross!" premiering tonight on E! Mathews stopped by his old "Lately" stomping grounds Sept. 5, where he was interviewed by Chelsea Handler about his new hosting gig. The conversation inevitably turned to celebrities and pop culture, where Mathews shared his thoughts on Chaz Bono's new weight loss and how he would now "hit it." Of course Handler couldn't let the joke go without making fun of Mathews. Click on the video above to hear her remarks as Mathews tries to defend himself. "Hello Ross!" premieres tonight, September 6 at 10pm on E!
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Chaz Bono Reveals Shocking Weight Loss, Looks Dramatically Slimmer
US Magazine - over 3 years
Way to go, Chaz Bono! The 44-year-old son of Cher and Sonny Bono revealed his dramatic weight loss while running errands in L.A. on Wednesday, Sept. 4.  PHOTOS: Celebrity weight fluctuations Bono looked nearly unrecognizable with his shockingly slimmer physique. The actor showed off his toned body in a tight blue T-shirt and khaki shorts. PHOTOS: Stars who love kale Appearing on the 13th season of Dancing With the Stars in 2011 as the show's first transgender contestant, Bono noticeably lost weight and has since been maintaing a healthy lifestyle. "Got a juicer to add more vegetables to my diet," he tweeted in May 2013. "My first juice was combo of apple, lemon, beet, carrot, celery, cucumber, and ginger. Awesome!" PHOTOS: Celeb diet secrets Bono has also been focusing on his acting career. In June, he appeared on stage in the community production of Thirty Minute Musicals: Independence Day in Hollywood. "I'll do this stuff for fun, but my goal is ultimately to get pa ...
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Why This Is the Best Dancing With the Stars Cast Ever (Plus, Our Pick for the ... - E! Online
Google News - over 3 years
E! Online Why This Is the Best Dancing With the Stars Cast Ever (Plus, Our Pick for the ... E! Online Welcome to the best season of Dancing With the Stars ever. Unlike past seasons, where the best we could say is that it could always be worse, this season we're saying it couldn't get any better! Sure, if you're going to get technical, it could be better, if any big ... 'Dancing' pro announces pregnancyUSA TODAY Cancer shmancer: Valerie Harper bravely leads new cast of 'Dancing With the ...Fox News Extra Scoop: Chaz Bono Shows Off Weight LossExtra Gather Celebs News Channel -Washington Post -Toronto Sun all 400 news articles »
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Peter D. Rosenstein: Referring to Bradley Manning as He or She Is Not the Issue
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Clearly Bradley Manning has created a stir by asking to be referred to as Chelsea Manning from now on. I believe that a person is entitled to being referred to anyway they want and so for the rest of this column I will refer to Manning as she or her. That doesn't change the fact that there is going to be a debate over whether she helped or hurt the cause of the transgender community (the term transgender being defined in the Oxford dictionary as an adjective "denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender") to be more understood and accepted. The transgender community has spent many years trying to get people to understand them and to accept that changing ones gender identification is not something people do lightly but rather do so to be able to live their lives being true to who they are. Monica Hesse wrote in the Washington Post that Kristin Beck, the former Christopher Beck, a Nav ...
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NPR Says It Will Continue to Refer to Chelsea Manning as "He" Until Her Gender Is "Actually Physically" Changed
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Christine Haughney at the New York Times reports: National Public Radio will continue for now to refer to Private Manning as “he,” according to a spokeswoman, Anna Bross. “Until Bradley Manning’s desire to have his gender changed actually physically happens, we will be using male-related pronouns to identify him,” she said. What the fuck, NPR? This is some draconian bullshit, right here. Gender is not just physical. And anyway, the content of Chelsea Manning's underwear is none of NPR's business. Is an editorial board going to demand photographs of her crotch before they agree to switch pronouns? I can understand some news organizations having some difficulty yesterday as they transitioned from using "he" to "she" with Chelsea Manning. An announcement of this scale has never happened before, and I don't think it's happened to these kinds of reporters—the ones covering breaking national and international news (thanks to Chaz Bono, entertainment and gossi ...
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OK!'s 12 Week Countdown To Summer Week 12 Roundup
Ok Magazine - over 3 years
Your summer plans are finally about to be seriously legit! Tomorrow is the last day of our motivational and fitness-filled countdown to summer. Are your bikini bods and built-up biceps prepared for beach excursions? Over the past 12 weeks, we've recapped awesome celeb-inspired workouts, compiled healthy recipes for you to snack on, (without feeling guilty!) and tons of inspirational clips. Put on a pair of short-shorts and celebrate summer solstice. You've earned it!  Tweet us what you're doing to get bikini ready this summer @OKMagazine! OK!'S 12 WEEK COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER WEEK 12 STORIES HEALTHY EATS: TRY A LIGHT, DELISH DISH THAT'S VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY GYM JAMS: EXERCISE TO THE BEAT OF JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BIEBER, AND OTHER HOT SOLO SINGERS #MOTIVATIONMONDAY: GABRIELLE UNION SHOWS OFF HER SUPER TONED ABS — PLUS OTHER CELEBS #MOTIVATIONMONDAY: SERENA WILLIAMS SHOWS OFF HER KILLER BEACH BODY IN MIAMI OK!'S 12 WEEK COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER WEEK 11 STORIES GYM JAMS: KEEP A STEADY ...
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Jennifer Finney Boylan: 'Unlike Some People I Could Mention': On Transgender Identity And Storytelling
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Last fall I sat down to read my 2003 memoir, She's Not There, in preparation for a new, 10th-anniversary edition. I returned to that book in the same room in which it had first been written: the study of a summer house, in the heart of winter. From outside came the sound of snow against the window glass, the warp of the water below the ice in Long Pond. I remembered hearing those sounds 10 years before as I sat in that place and looked out the window at the Maine winter, searching for the words to describe my "life in two genders." This exercise in time travel put me in mind of an old Amish expression: "Ve are too soon olt und too late schmart." I know there are plenty of people who, looking back at their younger selves, have had occasion to think, "Man, what you don't know could fill a book." However, I'm unique in that the book filled with the things I don't know is an actual book. She's Not There, allegedly the first bestselling work by a trans American, was t ...
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Chaz Bono: I've Lost 60 Lbs.
ABC News - almost 4 years
Chaz Bono reveals his 60 lb. weight loss     
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Bill Clinton, 'New Normal' Nab GLAAD Awards In Los Angeles
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES — NBC's sitcom "The New Normal," FX's thriller "American Horror Story: Asylum" and NBC's daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" took home top TV honors at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards held Saturday night in Los Angeles. The GLAAD awards pay tribute to "inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives." The event, hosted by actress-producer-director Drew Barrymore, boasted such Hollywood heavyweights as presenters Jennifer Morrison, Charlize Theron, Betty White and Leonardo DiCaprio. Other winners included "Perks of Being a Wallflower," which was named outstanding film: wide release, and former President Bill Clinton was given the first advocate for change award. On the arrivals line, longtime Clinton friend, Oscar-winner Mary Steenburgen, defended the former president's controversial honor. Under Clinton's administration came the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal r ...
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justin adkins: A Trans Guy's Thoughts On Fallon Fox
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
I have been getting a lot of emails and Facebook posts from friends asking me to "weigh in on" mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Fallon Fox. It is an interesting request, because Fallon Fox is a woman who happens to fight. To me, this is not really anything one should "weigh in on," but, hey, she also happens to be someone who was assigned "male" at birth, and that seems to be a controversial thing. And I'm a trans guy who writes about trans issues and loves MMA, so here I go! I'm not totally sure why it is controversial. It's not like there are not guidelines for many athletic organizations, and it's not like she is the first trans-identified person to participate in organized sports; there is precedent. What seems to actually be at issue is that there are people who believe that trans women are not women, and additionally believe that men should not fight women. The line of thought seems to go like this: "Fox is a man, and men should not fight women, so Fox should not ...
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Andy Thayer: The Cowardice of Gay Inc.
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
One of the signature traits of LGBT subculture in the United States is its adoration of celebrity. If a well-known person voices the most milquetoast notion that gays are human beings, let alone deserving of legal equality, banner headlines in the gay press are guaranteed. If the celebrity comes out as gay, even more effusive coverage is given. Any number of fading stars and starlets, and non-entities on the make, from Lady Gaga to Chaz Bono to Ricky Martin, have mined the LGBT community to support their careers. Our community's eager rush to embrace just about any celebrity who deigns to notice our existence is emblematic of our lack of self-esteem, our internalized homophobia. So why is it that all of the big gay nonprofits, from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) -- "Gay Inc." -- have failed to utter a word of support for Private Bradley Manning, let alone really campaign for him? He's gay, has moderately high name ...
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John Polly: WATCH: John Polly Recaps 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 5, Ep. 4
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I discover that once you go "Black Swan," you never go back. This week it was murder on the dance floor as the queens from RuPaul's Drag Race traded pumps for ballet flats! It was a lot like Fame meets The Turning Point meets So You Think You Can Prance? and along the way we saw a twist in the ever-ambling Coco-Montrese-vs.-Alyssa-Edwards drama, a queen shut down for favoring caftans, Roxxxy Andrews becoming sort of the tough-gal Rizzo of all the Drag Race Pink Ladyboys, and one of the most dramatically dishy eliminations in Drag Race herstory! But we also got visits from totally adorable choregraphers Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini from All the Right Moves (they helped coach and choreograph the queens) and pop-culture royalty and Dancing With the Stars alum Chaz Bono, and as part of an epic drag ballet telling the story of Ru's life, there were about 9,206 RuPauls onstage at one point! And they were en pointe! Have a look and see what you think! I'll just be chil ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chaz Bono
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Bono and others told the stories of the people killed there.
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  • 2011
    Age 41
    In September 2011, he became a competitor on the 13th season of the US version of Dancing with the Stars, paired with professional ballroom dancer Lacey Schwimmer.
    More Details Hide Details The duo was eliminated October 25, 2011. This was the first time an openly transgender man starred on a major network television show for something unrelated to being transgender.
    Bono made Becoming Chaz, a documentary film about his transition that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Oprah Winfrey Network acquired the rights to the documentary and debuted it on May 10, 2011.
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    A documentary on Bono's experience, Becoming Chaz, was screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and later made its television debut on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
    More Details Hide Details Bono was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono of the pop duo Sonny & Cher, stars of a TV variety show on which the young child often appeared. Bono was named Chastity Sun Bono after the film Chastity, which was produced by Sonny and in which Cher (in her first solo role in a feature film) played a bisexual woman. Bono came out to both parents as lesbian at age 18. In Family Outing, Bono wrote that, "as a child, I always felt there was something different about me. I'd look at other girls my age and feel perplexed by their obvious interest in the latest fashion, which boy in class was the cutest, and who looked the most like cover girl Christie Brinkley. When I was 13, I finally found a name for exactly how I was different. I realized I was gay."
  • 2010
    Age 40
    Bono's legal transition was completed on May 6, 2010, when a California court granted his request for a gender and name change.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    This was confirmed in June 2009 by his publicist, who identified Bono's preferred name as Chaz Bono and said, "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."
    More Details Hide Details GLAAD and the Empowering Spirits Foundation were quick to offer praise and support for the announcement.
  • 2008
    Age 38
    In mid-2008, Bono began undergoing a physical and social transition from female to male.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 26
    In the same book, Bono reported that Cher, who was both a gay icon and an ally of LGBT communities, was quite uncomfortable with the news at first and "went ballistic" before coming to terms with it: "By August 1996, one year after I came out publicly, my mother had progressed so far that she agreed to 'come out' herself on the cover of The Advocate as the proud mother of a lesbian daughter."
    More Details Hide Details Cher has since become an outspoken LGBT rights activist. Bono's paternal relationship became strained after Sonny became a Republican Congressman from California. The differences in their political views separated them, and the two had not spoken for more than a year at the time of Sonny's fatal skiing accident in January 1998. Bono worked as a writer at large for The Advocate. As a social activist, Bono became a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, promoted National Coming Out Day, campaigned for the reelection of Bill Clinton for US President, campaigned against the Defense of Marriage Act, and served as Entertainment Media Director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Bono was a team captain for Celebrity Fit Club 3 (2006) and was supported by girlfriend Jennifer Elia, who orchestrated exercise and training sessions.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    In April 1995, Bono came out as a lesbian in an interview with The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian magazine.
    More Details Hide Details The 1998 book Family Outing detailed how Bono's coming out "catapulted me into a political role that has transformed my life, providing me with affirmation as a lesbian, as a woman, and as an individual."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 18
    Bono began a short music career in 1988 with the band Ceremony, which released one album, Hang Out Your Poetry, in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The band featured Bono on vocals, acoustic guitar, and percussion. Other members were Steve March Tormé (backup vocals), Heidi Shink a.k.a. Chance, Pete McRae, Steve Bauman, Louis Ruiz, and Bryn Mathieu. All but one of the band's songs were written or co-written by Bono, Shink, and Mark Hudson. They used no synthesizers or digital effects on the album; Shink noted, "We turned our back on technology. It's reminiscent of the 60s, but more a tip of the hat than emulating it. We took the music we love and rejuvenated it, made it 90s." Critical reception of the album was lukewarm, with Roch Parisien of Allmusic describing Hang Out Your Poetry as a mildly psychedelic take on early 1990s pop, "pleasant, accessible, well-produced ear-candy that's ultimately toothless". The songs "Could've Been Love" and "Ready for Love" were released as singles from the album. Sonny and Cher also recorded backing vocals for the track "Livin' It Up" on the album.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on March 4, 1969.
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