Chaz Bono, one of the most famous transgender advocates in the world, has spoken about his how his mother Cher has defended him from death threats.
After Bono appeared on American reality show Dancing With The Stars, he received an extreme amount of backlash.
In an interview with The Sun, he said: ‘If I’m taking flack in the press or people are being mean on Twitter, Cher will jump to my defense.
‘She sticks up for me – and what an ally to have. We are developing a new relationship.’
It wasn’t always this way. When Bono was outed as a lesbian in 1995, Cher was shocked despite her gay icon status.
‘It has been difficult for my mother but I respect that. For parents this could be something that’s kind of hard to deal with.
‘It’s a process of grieving for a child you’ve lost and adjusting to the new one taking their place,’ he said.
‘It takes a lot of time. Mom loves girlie stuff so it was difficult because I was never that person. I could never give her that experience.
‘As it goes on I think she feels more comfortable with me as Chaz.’
Bono is promoting his documentary, Being Chaz, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.
Speaking about his role as an advocate, he said: ‘For me, being visible in the media is important to shed light on this issue. Hopefully, it lets people understand me a bit better.
‘Being on television means that you reach people you wouldn’t in any other way — and they can see that really you’re just a regular guy.’