Cher was 22 years old when she gave birth to daughter Chastity on March 4, 1969. Very few children who weren't actors (like Shirley Temple) or the offspring of presidents (e.g., Caroline and John-John Kennedy) received the amount of media attention as did Chastity Bono. As a toddler she was carried out on stage by her parents to say good night at the end of every telecast of their CBS variety show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (which began as a summer replacement series in 1971 when Chastity was 2-1/2 years old.)
Once the show went off the air in the mid-70s Chastity was able to grow up without the glare of cameras. However, attention returned when she was a young adult. First, she started a band named Ceremony and then she came out in the Advocate in 1995. Her visibility took off upon becoming a guest columnist for the magazine, took a high profile positon with GLAAD and became a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign.
And then in 2009 Chastity captured more headlines by announcing that she was transitioning to a male and had her name legally changed to Chaz Bono. A documentary about this transition, titled Becoming Chaz, premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and in May 2011 had its TV premiere on Oprah Winfrey's new OWN cable network. Then in the fall of 2011 Chaz was chosen to compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. More recently, Chaz went on a weight loss program and slimmed down, losing nearly 50 pounds by February 2013.
Chaz's story about coming out to his parents (about five years before his public announcement) is told in the 1998 book Family Outing while a second book The End of Innocence: A Memoir, published in 2003, talks about his band and some trying relationships.