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Video: Cher, Mary Bono Mack Present Chaz Bono with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the #glaadawards
Last night Cher surprised her son Chaz Bono when she presented him with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards with Mary Bono Mack. Mary Bono Mack made a moving speech about meeting Chaz and his coming out, then Cher joined her onstage to present the Award.
In her remarks, Cher praised her son, "I'm here because Chaz has the most courage of almost anyone I know. The other day I was having a big meltdown (like you do) and Chaz said, 'Are you going to come to the [GLAAD event],' and I went 'Chaz, you know, I'm not doing well right now' and…he texted me and said 'I turned into a very understanding, smart man and you can call on me.' And it made me feel so good, like I could lean on someone. It touched my heart." Addressing Chaz directly, Cher said, "You are the most courageous person I know and you really deserve this award, so come up and get this award!"
In his acceptance speech, Bono discussed the role GLAAD has played in his life. "This truly means so much to me, because not only did I work at GLAAD, I think I learned everything that I value and that I do now as an activist from the time I spent at GLAAD. I learned here to use the greatest activist tool that we have at our disposal, and that is the media." Bono continued, "For my personal journey since I transitioned, GLAAD has been there for me everystep of the way. From when it first came out that I was transitioning, GLAAD was right there, out front in the media. And really everything that I've done since then, they have been a partner for me to be able to go to when Million Moms is coming out against me or Keith Ablow is telling people that me being on Dancing with the Stars is somehow going to be damaging to children. They have really been a partner for me all the way." Watch the video below and check out Yahoo!’s exclusive coverage of the show.
Chaz also signed Jennifer Tyrrell’s Change.org petition asking the Boy Scouts of America to allow LGBT scouts and scout leaders.
Cher, Chaz Bono and Mary Bono Mack joined Jason Mraz, Max Adler, Tabatha Coffey, Benicio Del Toro, Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Deklin, Trevor Donovan, Reza Farahan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sara Gilbert, Kat Graham, Grant Gustin, Madison Hildebrand, Josh Hutcherson, Perez Hilton, Joshua Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Gilles Marini, Kyle Richards, Molly Shannon, Miriam Shor, Lisa Vanderpump, Kim Wayans, Betty White, Marissa Jaret Winokur and others at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, which helps fund GLAAD’s work to share culture-changing stories that build support for equality.
The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and presented locally in Los Angeles by Delta Air Lines. Southwest Airlines is the local presenting partner of San Francisco.