Chastity Bono

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Chaz Salvatore Bono[1] (born Chastity Sun Bono; March 4, 1969) is an American LGBT rights advocate, writer, actor, and musician. Bono is the only child of American entertainers Sonny and Cher, though both have children from other marriages.[2][3]

In the early 1990s, Bono was occasionally outed as lesbian by the tabloid press, then publicly self-identified as such in a 1995 cover interview in The Advocate. The process of coming out to oneself and to others was a central topic in Bono's two books: Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families (1998) tells of the author's coming out, as well as stories of other gay and lesbian people; the memoir The End of Innocence (2003) discusses the author's outing, music career, and partner Joan's death from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.[4]

In middle age, Bono underwent female-to-male gender transition. A two-part Entertainment Tonight feature in June 2009 explained that Bono's transition had started a year before.[5] In May 2010 Bono legally changed gender and name.[6] Bono has made a documentary about his life, which the Oprah Winfrey Network is rumored to be in negotiations to receive.[7][8]

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Early life and education

Bono is the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono of the well-known pop duo Sonny & Cher, who had a top-rated television 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 feature film – plays a bisexual woman.[9] The film had its première shortly before Bono's birth in 1969.

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."[10]

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