Chaz Bono went through a gender transition at a time when the topic was spoken in whispers. In the ten years that have passed since his transition, the LGBTQ+ community has advanced significantly.
However, Bono still believes that more needs to be done to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly with regard to trans persons.
On the Trans Day of Visibility, Bono posted on Instagram, “The aim behind this day is to use visibility and knowledge to help fight against the immense prejudice trans people suffer.”
In the face of hardship, Bono’s daring embrace of his true self deserves praise.
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In West Hollywood, Bono maintains a low profile with his lover Shara Blues Mathes.
Over the past few years, Bono has grown more reticent. He was last seen in the media taking his kitties to the veterinarian in October 2020.
Chaz Bono’s girlfriend Shara Blues Mathes was with him. Nearly ten years after Bono and Jennifer Ella’s breakup, the duo began dating. In 2015, Bono claimed, “Chaz Bono appears to reject ladies I am attracted to. About two years had passed since Blues and Bono started dating.
Despite his commitment to secrecy, Bono still steps out to act. He starred in the May 2021 film Reboot Camp alongside Ja Rule, David Lipper, and Keli Price.
Bono occasionally updates his Instagram with photos of himself. His latest post promotes his July appearance on 4D with Demi Lovato.
The important thing is that whatever Chaz is doing, he is happy doing it. His mother, Cher, talked to CNN about Bono’s life now:
“Chaz is so happy, so unbelievably happy, and I don’t know what the people’s problems are. They’re fearful, and they just don’t understand how to react to it. Some of it’s religious, I’m just not sure why it’s such a big thing.”
Chaz had to Deal with Rejection from Friends and Family after his Transition
The hardest part about Chaz’s transition was dealing with rejection. Chaz Bono had to handle rejection from family, friends, and ‘people he didn’t know and would never meet.’
“I had to deal with family not being comfortable, with partners not being comfortable,” Chaz told Demi Lovato. Bono found happiness when he stopped caring about what other people thought.
“I got to a place where I didn’t care and I was ready to finally take care of myself,” Bono added.
It might surprise you to learn that Cher – a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ+ community – struggled to process Bono’s transition. She told CNN:
“And then we talked about transgender for many years, and she would say, ‘No I don’t want to do it,’ and then he went and said, ‘OK I want to do this.’ It wasn’t easy. Like I remember calling, and the old message – the old Chaz message was on the phone – and that was very difficult. But then you have one child, but you don’t really lose them – they are just in a different shape.”
Chaz Bono’s Principal Focus has been Advancing his Acting Career
After Chaz shared his transition journey on Becoming Chaz in 2011, he bid farewell to reality shows. In a move that surprised his team, Chaz decided to pursue acting. He told The Advocate:
“I remember saying to [my team], ‘I’m not going to do [reality TV] anymore, I’m going to be an actor,’ and they were like, ‘What? You’re going to do what?’ I said, ‘I can’t do this anymore because people won’t take me seriously, and it’s going to be hard enough as it is. This is what I’ve always wanted to be, and I’m going to be an actor.”
It took some time, but Bono finally landed his breakout roles. His purpose was to land roles without the influence of his famous parents.
Chaz has proven that he has the talent to star on-screen and the work ethic to turn acting into a long career. He keeps looking for the next best role, which is unlikely to be a trans role. He told Pride Source:
“I really consider myself a character actor, and I really like playing parts that are very different from myself. That’s what I enjoy about acting, that’s what’s fun for me, and I think it’s what I’m really good at.”