Chaz Salvatore Bono (born Chastity Sun Bono; March 4, 1969) is an American writer, musician and actor.
His parents are entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher.Bono is a trans man.
In 1995, while then identifying as a woman, and several years after being outed as lesbian by the tabloid press, he publicly self-identified as a lesbian in a cover story in a leading American gay monthly magazine, The Advocate, eventually going on to discuss the process of coming out to oneself and to others in two books.
Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families (1998) includes his coming-out account.
The memoir The End of Innocence (2003) discusses his outing, music career, and partner Joan's death from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.Between 2008 and 2010, Bono underwent female-to-male gender transition.
A two-part Entertainment Tonight feature in June 2009 explained that his transition had started a year before.
In May 2010, he legally changed his gender and name.
A documentary on Bono's experience, Becoming Chaz, was screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and later made its television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network.