Cher Voices Support for Transgender Son Chaz

Actress and singer Cher has said that she admires and fully supports her son Chaz Bono after holding a screening of her son’s soon to be released documentary Becoming Chaz which is about his gender transition from female to male.

At a private screening at Cher’s Malibu home over the weekend, Cher reportedly told friends: “I admire my son Chaz’s courage for sharing his personal journey. Most important to me is that he is very happy. That’s what I care about the most. He has my love and support.”

Chaz, 42, began the process of transitioning from female to male in 2009 and went public with the decision to transition in June of 2010.

Son of Cher and late entertainer-turned-politician Sonny Bono, Chaz enjoys the support of longterm partner Jennifer Elia who will also feature in the documentary.

The production, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, will be shown by Oprah Winfrey’s new network OWN on May 10.

According to On Top Magazine, comedian, actress and family friend Rosie O’Donnell will host an hour-long program following the documentary focusing on the making of the film and issues that trans people face.

You can watch the trailer for Becoming Chaz below:


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W. C
W. C10 months ago

Thank you.

William C
William C10 months ago


Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny H7 years ago


Jane H.
Jane H7 years ago

As a member of PFlag because my oldest son is gay, I have come to know sveral trans people, and I have found that once you get to know them they are simply people! I like them as much as I would like anyone else I got to know well. Blessings on Cher and Chaz!!

Janet K.
Janet K7 years ago

I really don't understand why people have to be so judgmental especially when it is about something most know nothing about first hand. I hope Chaz wins dancing with the stars and then takes his mother for a spin on the dance floor! Good luck, Chaz!

janet T.
janet t7 years ago

While we all should accept transgender people, I can understand how hard it might be for the mother. I get the names of my two sons mixed up at times, so I can imagine how hard it might be to always get the gender right. After all there probably is something like tongue memory. Twenty or thirty years of saying 'she' and only two years of 'he' might be a tough transition to make. Cut Cher a break, just as you would Chaz.

Armand F.
Armand G F7 years ago

As a common-law father-in-law of a transmale I can attest to the vital importance of parental acceptance of a trans child. My son-in-law is a vital part of my extended family and I am grateful for that fact. My daughter and he are very good for each other and supportive of each other in every decision they face. There is a great deal of trans bigotry in this country and that needs to stop and stop fast. My trans son-in-law is a very talented and vital person and my family is such more important with him as a part of it. I hope that one day this nation will realize that trans persons of very much the sex they are now, not the sex they were born with. It is very difficult in most states to have your birth records changed to reflect your true gender and that is a fight that we all must keep on fighting for the benefit of all our children, whether biological, step, adoptive, or those that have entered our families through our other children.

Don Go
Don Go7 years ago

I'm glad Cher accepts him. Even if I joke about her frozen in time face and how she looks like the mother in Tangled and how I think the creatures MEANT to do that---I totally respect her, and she has proved to me that respect is not misplaced.

James M.
James M7 years ago

It is good to see a parent accept a transgender child. I remember the scene at the end of the film Ma vie en rose where the mother says to her transgirl, "You are my child," and accepts his desire to wear a dress. That day never came for me. Neither parent ever accepted Jennie, and my mother died denying her for 47 years. Oh yes, they found a wardrobe when I was 13. They knew about her. Once two speakers from PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay Children) that having a transchild means changing expectations. One speaker, the mother of a transboy, stated that she had been dreaming of her daughter as a bride and suddenly had to adapt to her child being the groom. My transchildhood influenced my adult expression of transgenderism. In 1985 I decided not to undergo sex reassignment surgery in part because a transgirlhood is no girlhood. When my parents discovered I thought I was a girl, not a boy, I certainly did not become daddy's little transgirl. I led a very policed childhood. In many ways, I am glad boys are not allowed to have the feelings toward their mothers that girls are encouraged to have toward their fathers. I have had the misfortune of trying to woo many of the daddy's little girls Cowan and Kinder describe in Smart Women, Foolish Choices. Rather than turn to modern medicine's revenge on TG's, I developed almost a twin consciousness, living almost as twins, and turned to the Two Spirits and becoming a Shakespearean male actresses.