Cher It is considered a gay icon worldwide for several reasons, first, for the success of its songs, second, for its narrative about the pain that homosexuals suffer to come out of the closet, third, because it was one of the first to present two drags queens in their shows and room, for their social activism in favor of the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Transvestite, Intersexual, Queer and Asexual community. However, Cher is linked by one more thing to this community and perhaps the most powerful for her: her son. Chaz Salvatore Bono.
Chaz, 51, is a trans man who began his transition from female to male in 2008, went public in 2009 and culminated in 2010 when he decided to legally change his name and gender from Chasty sun bono to Chaz Salvatore Bono. However, years before, he identified himself as a lesbian woman, because when he turned 18 (1987) he told his parents that he liked women. “As a child, I always felt there was something different about me. I looked at other girls my age. When I was 13, I finally found a name that defined exactly what was different. I realized I was gay,” Chasty wrote in the book he published in 1998 entitled “Family Outing: A guide to the coming out procress for gays, lesbians and their families.”
(Cher and her son Chaz Bono / AP)
Given this, Cher gave an interview in 2018 to Pride Source in which she acknowledged that it was not easy for her to accept this decision from her daughter. “I did not pass it so easily. Both times. When I found out that Chaz was gay and when I found out that Chaz was in transition, “but added that she believes it was mainly fear of knowing who this new person was, because she knew who her daughter was, but not the new one and how. it worked, he even thought, “Have I lost someone?”
In the end Cher confessed that she had a revelation. “If I woke up tomorrow and were a man, I’d gouge my eyes out. And I know that, if that’s what you feel, then it must be so painful that it doesn’t matter what other people feel or what others think ”.
(Chaz Bono / Phil McCarten)
However, Cher’s history with sexual diversity dates back to her nine years of age, this she confessed in an interview that Christiane Amanpour conducted for CNN and that was made public on December 16. The interviewer asked Cher if having a transgender child made her empathize with the LGBT + community, to which the singer replied that she has liked gays since she was a child. “One day I came home and these two men were in my living room with my mother and my aunt. They were combing their hair and talking, and I was like, ‘Why have we never had these kinds of guys? Because these guys are the coolest. ‘
In the end, Cher explained that it was always like that with gays, “because they feel like they don’t fit in and I never felt like I fit in.”