WATCH: Ghetto-Fab Cher Introduces Chaz Bono At GLAAD Media Awards in L.A.

Decked out in a frizzy afro wig and suede jacket, a typically freewheeling Cher introduced son Chaz Bono at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in L.A. last night, where Bono was picking up the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. “I don’t have anything prepared—I’m so nervous because my pronouns for my child jump all over the fucking place,” the legendary pop diva joked with the crowd before getting a little sentimental: “Chaz has the most courage of almost anyone I know. The other day I was having a big meltdown and Chaz said, ‘Are you going to come to the [GLAAD Media Awards],’ 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.”

In his accepting the award, given to an openly LGBT personality who has worked toward eliminating homophobia or transphobia, Bono thanked GLAAD for teaching him to see the media as “the greatest activist tool that we have at our disposal.”

He also credited the group for helping him weather a few media storms: “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.”

Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, who helped create the youth-oriented Straight But Not Narrow campaign, received the Vanguard Award from Benicio del Toro, who directed the young star in the short film “7 Days in Havana.”

Speaking of Straight But Not Narrow, Hutcherson said, “We wanted to create a place where straight people felt safe coming out and saying ‘It’s okay to be gay.’  And I didn’t know one, so we decided we were going to make one and we have.  It’s gaining momentum and it means the world to me.”

Other celebrities at the star-studded affair include including Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Kim Wayans (Pariah), Sara Gilbert, singer Jason Mraz, Max Adler and Grant Gustin (Glee), Miriam Shor (GCB); Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries); Trevor Donovan (90210), Perez Hilton, Gilles Marini (Switched at Birth), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal); Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter (Heroes), Real Housewives’ Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump, drag legend Lady Bunny, Raven (RuPaul’s Drag U); Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset) and Madison Hildebrand (Million Dollar Listing).

The following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in Los Angeles.

* Stephen F. Kolzak Award:  Chaz Bono 

* Vanguard Award:  Josh Hutcherson 

* Outstanding Film – Wide Release:  Beginners (Focus Features)

*  Outstanding Documentary:  Becoming Chaz (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

*  Outstanding Comedy Series:  Modern Family (ABC) 

*  Outstanding Individual Episode:  TIE: “Prom” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)  and “Beards” Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

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  • steve

    Awwe, cute. I’m still annoyed that Chaz has more facial hair then I will probably will ever have lol

  • Plankton Menace

    Well, now GLAAD’s transition is complete. It honors an “ex-gay normal heterosexual” and a straight man in its awards. Apparently, there were no actual gay people around to award with anything. Do we even know if the new president is a biological male or even gay? Of course, now even saying the word gay is verboten in this totally trans-focused organization.

  • ChristopherM

    @John: The only circus freaks are haters like you.

  • Gary Indiana

    That is an awful wig.

  • Sam

    I guess I’m going to have to be that guy…

    But really Queerty? Cher’s “ghetto fab” because she’s wearing an afro? So… because she’s wearing hair associated with African Americans, she’s “ghetto fab.” Seriously?

    Unless I’m totally jumping the gun and missing the connection, this just seems really cheap on Queerty’s part.

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  • Rick-O

    It hit me right away – he sounds SO much like his dad.

  • Mark

    “Ghetto Fab”

    Oh, we know what you mean and that you didn’t mean anything by it, but get ready for backlash that you do seem to relish heaping on others who you knew meant no disrespect, either.

  • fujimaster

    Chaz deserved it! He’s so brave and a nice person! Cher rocked at being her sassy, laid-back self! Love them!

  • John

    Chaz wins an award for being a freak? God, she’s been cashing in on her mental disorder for a while now. What about the REAL gay people that need recognition? What about the gay teachers? Doctors? Firefighters? She’s NOTHING except a fat rich girl that doesn’t know when to say no to seconds and thirds on her meal. She had every privilege that we’ll never know and she’s winning an award for being a circus freak? Come on GLAAD, you’re embarrassing.

  • Mark


    Thanks for your transphobic bigotry. Good to know that ignorance and hatred not only haunt heterosexual minds but gay ones like yours.

    The irony that you attack Bono for mental disorder because her perceived self-identity and your being gay is astounding. How many people look at you with similar disgust and belief that you, as a gay man, are also mentally ill? A whole hell of a lot.

  • JKB

    @John: It’s not that serious…calm down. Plus, it is a great excuse to show a mother’s love for her child AND have a member of a community who is rarely appreciated given some props.

  • Mark


    Is there anyway to flag a headline for being bigoted and ignorant?

    An afro is a type of hair/hairstyle. It has nothing to do with being from the “ghetto”! Afros are the natural hairstyles for the majority of black African-descended people! You’ll also find that some white also have similar kinky hair.

    It’s a type of hair.


  • Spike

    As previously posted, give Chaz an award and Cher shows up to the black tie fund raiser, Cher showing up to anything tends to sell tickets, eps when gays are involved.

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