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Chaz Salvatore Bono

Also Known As: "Chastity Bono", "Chastity Sun Bono"
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Son of Sonny Bono, U.S. Congress and Cher
Half brother of Private User; Private; Christy Bono; Private and Private

Managed by: Michael Phillip King
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About Chaz Bono

Chaz Salvatore Bono (born Chastity Sun Bono; March 4, 1969) is an American transgender advocate, writer, actor, and musician. Bono is the only child that American entertainers Sonny and Cher had together, though each had children from other relationships. Bono is a female-to-male transgender man.

In 1995, after several years of being outed as lesbian by the tabloid press, Bono publicly declared himself as such in a cover story in a leading American gay monthly magazine, The Advocate. Bono went on to discuss the process of coming out to oneself and to others in two books. Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families (1998) includes the author's coming out account. The memoir, The End of Innocence (2003) discusses the author's outing, music career, and partner Joan's death from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Around age 39, Bono began living his life as a male. A two-part Entertainment Tonight feature in June 2009 explained that Bono's transition had started a year before. In May 2010, Bono legally changed his gender and name. Bono made a documentary about his life which debuted on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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March 4, 1969