(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, a national organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, plans to honor Chaz Bono Friday with its Hero Award at the annual Respect Awards in Beverly Hills.
Bono, the child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher and a current contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, has written three books including Transition, his candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male. He has recently shared his life and experiences in the three-time Emmy nominated documentary Becoming Chaz.
Speaking to ABC News Radio about the award, Bono said, “It's great, it's a great honor, I mean it's an organization that does so much for kids and anti-bullying and those are all subjects really close to my heart and so I'm really happy to be getting a nod from them.”
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