Who is Chaz Bono and what is his net worth 2018? Chaz Bono is an American personality who gained fame mostly for being the transgender son of American celebrities Cher and Sonny Bono. Chaz Bono was born a female in Los Angeles, California as Chastity Sun Bono on March 4, 1969. Chaz had already been exposed as a lesbian before the gender change and had made public announcements identifying him as such. Bono is a writer, actor, and musician. In 1988, a year after announcing himself as gay to both parents, Bono began his music career with Ceremony, an early 90’s short-lived band.
Bono served as the band’s vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. The band released one album in 1993, Hang out Your Poetry. Their debut and only album were not received with enthusiasm by music critics even though Bono’s parents, Sonny and Cher lent their vocals to some of the tracks. In 1995, the magazine The Advocate released an issue featuring an interview with Bono; in which he came out publicly as a lesbian. In 1998, Bono release a book Family Outing, chronicling his journey towards revealing his true sexuality. The book talked about his mother’s initial shock and rejection of Bono’s revelation and then her eventual acceptance.
Bono began working as a writer for the gay and lesbian magazine that featured his big reveal, The Advocate. He also became an activist, speaking on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign and National Coming out Day. He dabbled in politics and campaigned for several gay rights and support societies.
In 2011, after his public transition, a film documenting his transition was released. Becoming Chaz was premiered by the Oprah Winfrey Network in May of 2011. In September of that same year, Bono entered the popular dance competition, Dancing With The Stars. Bono has been in the movies Bar Girls, Dirty, Fronterz, and TV show, Celebrity Fit Club.
Chaz Bono underwent gender transition between 2008 and 2010. In 2009, his publicist announced to the public that the person formerly known as Chastity Bono would now be called Chaz Bono. Before this, he had revealed to his parents and then the public his sexual preferences.
His relationship with his father, however, was very rocky after Sonny engaged in a different political support than Chaz. Sonny Bono was involved in a tragic skiing accident that took his life in 1998 and the two had not been on speaking terms before this. Bono had been dating Jennifer Elia and the couple got engaged in 2009 after living together for ten years.
Jennifer had been said to fully support Bono’s transition but, the engagement was called off in 2011. The couple was said to have mutually decided to end the relationship, with no hard feelings. Bono has one half-brother and his grandmother, Georgia Holt.
In 2011, Bono was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for the documentary film Becoming Chaz, which chronicled his change from female to male. The film was nominated three times for an Emmy. In 2012, the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards awarded him the Stephen F Kolzak award.
Chaz Bono Net Worth
Chaz Bono has an estimated net worth of $600 thousand. He has earned this figure featuring in several films and TV shows, as well as releasing his own documentary Becoming Chaz, which garnered wonderful ratings. He is also an author, a socialist and gay rights advocate.
Chaz Bono is a popular transgender male who was born as Chastity Bono to Hollywood icons Cher and Sonny Bono. He has established himself as an activist in gay rights campaigns and occasionally gets involved in politics. Bono has released several books and made appearances in movies and TV shows.