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Chaz Bono is an Emmy-nominated media figure who, born the daughter of performers Sonny and Cher, has undergone gender reassignment
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He fought the battle of bulge alongside such stars as actors Jeff Conaway, Kelly LeBrock and Tempestt Bledsoe.
In 2008, Bono began the physical transition from the female gender to that of the male gender. Later that year, he also began the social transition, announcing in 2009 that he would prefer the name Chaz. The following year, Bono legally became Chaz Salvatore Bono,
after changing his name and gender at a California court hearing.
In 2011, Bono shared his experiences in the book Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man.
Bono shared the details of his transformation in the 2011 documentary Becoming Chaz and the follow-up special, Being Chaz, both of which aired on television. Later that year, he became perhaps the country's best known transgendered male as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. He also broke new ground as the show's first transgendered contestant.
During his run on the show Bono clashed with one of the judges, objecting to Bruno Tonioli's comment that Bono danced like a penguin. His mother, Cher, rose to his defense, telling the press that the judges were "rude" and "disrespectful." While he didn't make it to the finals, Bono called the show "a wonderful, life-changing experience."
Bono lives in Los Angeles with finacée Jennifer Elia.
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