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Chaz Bono Named Person of Year for Gay Pride Festival

Christopher Street West names the transgender son of Sonny and Cher as its 2012 Person of the Year. Bono will be honored during the LA Pride festivities held June 8-10 in West Hollywood.

Chaz Bono has been named Person of the Year by Christopher Street West, the organization which puts on LA Pride each year.

Bono, a West Hollywood resident, will be honored during the annual gay pride festivities which take place in West Hollywood June 8-10.

The transgender son of celebrity superstar Cher, Bono has been in the media spotlight in the past year due to his very public transitioning from female to male. His memoir Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man was released in May to coincide with the premier of Becoming Chaz, a documentary film about his transition.

Last fall, Bono participated on the hit series Dancing with the Stars, providing unprecedented visibility of a transgender man to millions of TV views.

“I wanted to show America a different kind of man,” Bono said of his decision to do the show.

As a toddler in the 1970s, a young Chastity Bono appeared each week on her parents TV variety show, The Sonny and Cher Show. Millions of Americans feel like they’ve known Bono his entire life, thus making the impact of appearing on Dancing with the Stars as a transgender man even more profound.

Conservative values groups pressured ABC to disqualify Bono from the show, but the network refused. Bono danced each week until being eliminated in week six of the 12-week competition.

“The massive impact Chaz has had on our society as a respectable, generous and very public transgender man is untold. For this, we are thrilled to present him as 2012 Person of the Year and are extra pleased to celebrate him here in his hometown,” Christopher Street West said in a press release announcing Bono.

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Paul April 20, 2012 at 07:08 AM
I'd prefer mother CHER be the grand marshall then the I'll ride on mom's curtail Chas/Chaz. That is exactly what she/he has done since birth. I mean REALLY? What has this person EVER really done except be the strange child from two music icons? I don't get it?
Chloe Ross April 21, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Wow I get it.
joninla April 22, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Well deserved Chaz! You have done more than anyone else to make our community visible and in a positive light!
Paul April 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I think she/he has deeper issue that revolve around her weight. First she come out as a lesbian then wants to be a man? I don't know many lesbians who want to be a man. Some dress manly but I don't think they want to become a man. Maybe I am wrong but it just seems strange. The girl friend left Chas/Chaz. I guess she didn't understand ether?
Chloe Ross April 23, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I suspect many of his issues involve his Mommy. I knew his dad and liked him a lot. But his mom was a piece of work in so many ways and if Chaz felt like a boy when he was little I am sure she made sure he did not get to act out on it. The point is not his weight or his gender but that he has shown courage in a way that exemplifies how much courage it can take to be your own person. I love him.
Chloe Ross May 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Chloe Ross 5:34 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2012 Chaz is a brave and delightful person. I liked his father and the very few times I met Chaz I was impressed by what really sweet person he was. He shines for me as an example of people trying to find their center and live their lives. He's a great person to honor

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