Born Chastity Sun, Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American author, musician, and performer. He rose to fame as a child performer on his parents’ television program, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. His parents are the comedians Sonny Bono and Cher. Bono is a trans man.
In a cover article for a prestigious American homosexual monthly magazine called The Advocate in 1995, Bono officially acknowledged as a lesbian despite still identifying as a woman and several years after being outed as such by the tabloid press. Later, in two books, Bono discussed the process of coming out to oneself and others. His coming-out story is contained in Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families (1998).
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The only child of Cher and Sonny Bono of the pop duo Sonny & Cher, who also starred in a TV variety show on which the young Bono frequently made appearances, Bono was born in Los Angeles, California. The movie Chastity, which Sonny produced and in which Cher played a bisexual woman in her debut solo part in a feature film, is where Bono got his name.
In New York City, Bono attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts. At age 18, Bono revealed to his parents that she was a lesbian. Bono stated in Family Outing that, “I always had the impression as a child that I was unique.
I used to be confused by other girls my age’s obvious interest in the newest trends, the cutest boy in class, and which student most resembled cover girl Christie Brinkley. I finally had a word for how I was different when I was 13 years old. I became gay, I realized.”