LGBTQ Advocate, Author and Actor
Chaz Bono, a transgender male and the only child of performers Sonny and Cher, is an Emmy-nominated producer and an accomplished writer. In 2011, Bono was featured in the three-time Emmy®-nominated documentary “Becoming Chaz,” a film about his life and experiences which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. His acting career includes repeat appearances on the television shows “American Horror Story,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Where the Bears Are” and “Degrassi” as well as cameos on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and the feature film “Dirty.”
Bono is the acclaimed author of Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man, a groundbreaking account of his struggle to align his gender identity with his physical body, and his transition from female to male, as well as Family Outing and The End of Innocence. His decision to come out as lesbian in 1995 sparked his public work to support LGBTQ rights and social justice. Since then, he has contributed extensively to The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian news magazine and is committed to raising awareness through college lecturing and facilitating workshops on conducting tolerance in the workplace for major companies and corporations. He has served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, promoting National Coming Out Day, and as the entertainment media director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).