Cher and Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Chaz Bono last weekend. Cher’s appearance was a surprise and noted as a highlight of the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Everyone is loving the wig.
"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 Bono directly, Cher said, "You are the most courageous person I know and you really deserve this award, so come up and get this award!"
Bono, who once served as GLAAD's entertainment media director, discussed the role the organziation 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....For my personal journey since I transitioned, GLAAD has been there for me every step 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."
Winning awards that night:
- Modern Family (Outstanding Comedy Series)
- Hot in Cleveland episode “Drop Dead Diva” (Outstanding Individual Episode)
- Reality TV show Becoming Chaz (Outstanding Documentary)
- Ewan McGregor's movie Beginners (Outstanding Film)
- Video: http://www.queerty.com/watch-ghetto-fab-cher-introduces-chaz-bono-at-glaad-media-awards-in-l-a-20120422/