From our sister blog, Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida: Chaz Bono, the son of Cher and the late U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono, talks about being transgender and LGBT politics. Bono's stepmother, U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, is now married to U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, a Florida Republican running for U.S. Senate.
Parents Sonny and Cher divorced in 1975 when Chaz was 6. Sonny later became a politician and was elected a congressman from California in 1994. He died four years later in a skiing accident and his widow, Mary, succeeded him in the House.
“Mary and I have always gotten along very well since we first met. I was 14,” Bono says. “I’m a staunch Democrat. Mary’s a moderate conservative. She’s not got a bad record on LGBT issues. She will hopefully continue to follow her heart and mind on these things. We don’t talk politics very much. I learned from my dad not to let politics get in the way.”
In 2007, Mary Bono married U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV of Fort Myers, a Republican now running for U.S. Senate in Florida.
“Mary and Connie have been incredibly supportive of my transition from the beginning,” Bono says. “I spent Christmas with them and had an amazing time.”