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April 15, 2014

The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono opens up on RuPaul's Drag Race in appearance with his maternal grandmother

Transgender activist and actor Chaz Bono dropped by RuPaul's Drag Race to help contestants learn to conduct a celebrity interview and in the process, opened up a bit about himself.

'You know, there was a number of years where I knew I was transgender but was afraid to do anything about it,' Bono told one of the contestants.

But once Bono, 45, did decide to transition, he shared his story by writing a book called Becoming Chaz and being the focus of a documentary of the same name.

November 28, 2013

Twitter and Facebook filled with Thanksgiving thoughts

Just five months ago, Steve Grand was unknown.

So the openly gay singer who became a YouTube sensation in July with his video All-American Boy is feeling especially grateful this Thanksgiving.

'I'd like to wish all of you a very special Thanksgiving!' Grand wrote in a Facebook post to supporters on Thursday (28 November).

July 8, 2013

Cher's son and transgender advocate impressed in the role of Thomas J Whitmore, the US president in musical version of the alien invasion classic Independence Day

Hail to the chief, as Cher’s trans son Chaz Bono has impressed in a rather more authoritative role.

The 44-year-old advocate and actor played the President of the United States in Thirty Minute Musicals: Independence Day, describing it as a ‘dream role’.

The character was Thomas J. Whitmore, a parody of the president played by Bill Pullman in the 1996 film alien invasion classic.

Speaking to People Magazine, Bono said he realized his real gender during an acting experience.

February 19, 2013

Transgender son of Cher and Sonny Bono had tipped the scales at 250 pounds

Chaz Bono is working on becoming nearly half the man he used to be.

The former Dancing With the Stars contestant, who was tipping the scales at 250 pounds last year, has embarked on a weight loss journey.

'I've been sticking to a really strict diet,' Bono, 43, says in the new issue of People magazine. 'It's not any type of starvation thing. I'm just cutting out a lot of stuff and eating primarily protein and vegetables and fruit.'

February 19, 2013

Transgender son of Cher and Sonny Bono had tipped the scales at 250 pounds

Chaz Bono is working on becoming nearly half the man he used to be.

The former Dancing With the Stars contestant, who was tipping the scales at 250 pounds last year, has embarked on a weight loss journey.

'I've been sticking to a really strict diet,' Bono, 43, says in the new issue of People magazine. 'It's not any type of starvation thing. I'm just cutting out a lot of stuff and eating primarily protein and vegetables and fruit.'

November 12, 2012

Transgender activist and author currently weighs 250 pounds

Chaz Bono wants to lose weight.

The transgender author and activist has been struggling with his weight for several years and currently tips the scales at 250 pounds.

Bono, 43, opens up about his weight struggles to ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, co-host of the syndicated television show The Doctors in an episode airing Wednesday (14 November).

October 26, 2012

After the son of gay icon Cher and Sonny Bono went on Dancing With The Stars, he received extremely harsh backlash

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.

June 29, 2012

Bono will play himself on TeenNick series which features a transgender teen

Chaz Bono, the transgender son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, is in Toronto this week filming a guest spot on the long-running teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Bono will play himself on the episode to air this fall. He will have a scene with the transgender character of Adam Torres (portrayed by Jordan Todosey).

June 8, 2012

'I'm not the most outgoing fella. I'm not one of those guys who can just walk up and start chatting up a girl that I find attractive'

Chaz Bono is a single man for the first time in his life and it's taking some getting used to.

'I'm not the most outgoing fella,' he told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview Thursday (7 June). 'I'm not one of those guys who can just walk up and start chatting up a girl that I find attractive.'

Bono split from fiance Jennifer Ella last December. They had been together since 1999, initially as a lesbian couple. Elia has described herself as a bisexual.

April 25, 2012

Gay Star News interviews celebrities about O'Reilly's view that TV portrayals could lead to 'experimentation'

It's not known if Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly will be watching tonight's Whitney Houston-themed episode of Glee or if he thinks kids who watch it might be influenced into trying cocaine, a drug that contributed to the singer's death.

April 22, 2012

Presents transgender son Chaz Bono with Stephen F. Kolzak Award

US Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack had already given a very moving tribute to stepson Chaz Bono at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (21 April).

She talked about how Chaz 'meant the world' to his dad, the late Sonny Bono, who she said was 'watching from heaven.'

'Chaz had the courage to follow his heart and his convictions and that's what true leaders do,' Bono Mack said.

Then, after a video presentation about Chaz, a woman wearing a dramatic afro wig  a wig came onto the stage unannounced.

April 22, 2012

Star-studded LA ceremony includes appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White and surprise presenter Cher

The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles were a star-studded affair on Saturday (21 April) night with appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White, Benicio del Toro, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Josh Hutcherson.

But no star shined brighter than Cher who shocked the audience when she walked onto the stage at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel to present her son, Chaz Bono, with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. [See related story].

April 10, 2012

Bono says he is 'truly honored' by award given for helping to promote LGBT equality

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced Tuesday (10 April) that Chaz Bono will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at its Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards Ceremony later this month.

Bono, the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, was a popular contestant on ABC's Dancing With the Stars last fall and in a pair of recent documentaries chronicled his transition from a female named Chastity to a man named Chaz.

December 28, 2011

Transgender activist and author adjusting to newly-single life

Chaz Bono's split from Jennifer Elia was announced the week before Christmas and at the the time the former couple, who were engaged, asked for privacy.

But Bono, who grew up in the spotlight as the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, shared with his more than 88,000 Twitter followers on Tuesday (27 December) that it is 'a bit lonely' at home.

The Dancing With the Stars alum had been on a holiday ski trip in Colorado with his stepmother, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, her husband Connie Mack and Chaz's half-brother Chesare Bono.

December 19, 2011

Chaz Bono splits from Jennifer Elia after more than a decade together

Television viewers saw them get engaged just last month on the documentary Being Chaz but it was confirmed today that Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia have split up.

Bono's publicist, Howard Bragman, tells TMZ.com: 'They leave this relationship with great love, respect and affection toward one another. No further amplification will be forthcoming and they ask that you respect their privacy at this time.'