Transgender activist Chaz Bono will be honored at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th anniversary gala next month in downtown Los Angeles, it was announced Monday.
Bono, who will receive the center’s Board of Directors award, publicly shared his experience transitioning to male in the documentary “Becoming Chaz.”
He has been an activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community since 1995, serving as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign and as Entertainment Media Director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
“Chaz has been a trailblazer in our community for many years, bravely speaking his truth and working to make our movement stronger. He has continued that leadership since coming out as a transgender man,” said Lorri L. Jean, the center’s chief executive officer.
“No other person has done more than Chaz to promote visibility and understanding about the reality of transgender people,” Jean said. “His courageous example is helping transgender youth and their families throughout the world. That’s great progress not only for the LGBT community, but for society as a whole.”