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Chaz, 42, is the only child of Sonny Bono and Cher. His decision to come out as a lesbian in 1995 prompted his public work in support of LGBT rights and social justice. Chaz has contributed as a writer-at-large to The Advocate and, in 1996, became the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day spokesperson. He also served as Entertainment Media Director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and has spoken at dozens of universities and LGBT events. An acclaimed author, he has written three books, including Transition, his candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body. Chaz’s decision to have gender reassignment surgery was documented in Logo’s 2011 documentary, Becoming Chaz. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancé, Jennifer Elia.

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