As rumors circulate about Bruce Jenner’s transformation and reported decision to create a show based on his transition, Cher’s transgender son, Chaz Bono, has set a precedent. And while the Kardashian-Jenner family have remained relatively quiet about their views on the former Olympic gold medal winner, Cher was outspoken in her support for her son, reported Extra.
The singing superstar even appeared at the recent GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards to present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Chaz for his documentary, Becoming Chaz.
“I’m here… because Chaz is the most courageous of anyone I know,” said Cher proudly.
In turn, Chaz praised his mother for supporting him.
“[Cher] was incredibly supportive,” he said, admitting, “When reality started to hit her, I think she started to go through a bit of a mourning process for her daughter.”
As for the relationship between Bruce Jenner and Cher, the two have been close friends, according to the Christian Post.
And an insider revealed that Cher has helped Bruce with his marital issues.
“Cher has been a real confidante to Bruce about his marital problems with Kris. They’ve become even closer since Bruce has been spending more time in Malibu — where Cher lives.”
As rumors circulate that Jenner may get his own show, SheKnows points out that separating fact from fiction has become increasingly challenging.
With Bruce’s hair getting longer, as well as his decision to appear in public wearing nail polish, no source has stepped up and said precisely what Jenner’s transformation involves. However, a source did state that the show will include Bruce’s discussions with physicians about goals and procedures.
As the Inquisitr reported, the media has ranged in its coverage of how to report Jenner’s transformation. But what generated outrage from both mainstream media as well as gay rights advocates and celebrities was InTouch Weekly’s decision to mock up a photo depicting Jenner as a woman, with the headline “My Life as a Woman.”
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis addressed both that specific item and the general media coverage of Jenner in a statement.
“This nonsense has to end. Speculating about a person’s gender identity only inflames the invasive and gross scrutiny that transgender people face every day at school, at work, or even when just walking down the street. It’s long past time that media outlets stop gossiping about Bruce Jenner’s gender.”
Jenner and E! are so determined to make the docuseries his opportunity to share his story as he desires and do so tastefully that the network has planned a meeting with GLADD, reported Variety.
“It’s in the very beginning stages, but it’s a go,” said a source.
And at this point, especially since the InTouch controversy, Bruce is ready to reveal everything, a source told Us Weekly.
“He feels like he doesn’t have anything to lose” by being candid, said the insider.
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