Cher mourns that she'll never again hear Bono's feminine voice. She submits to the reality that she'll have to start calling him "he" eventually. While Bono's stepmother, Mary Bono Mack, attended the Sundance premiere of "Becoming Chaz," Cher did not. ABCNews.com asked her publicist why; she did not immediately respond.
But the general response to "Becoming Chaz" has been overwhelming. Oprah Winfrey bought the rights to distribute the film on her OWN cable channel. At Sunday's screening, Rosie O'Donnell, who's hosting an OWN talk show, gave it her stamp of approval. Howard Bragman, who serves as both Bono's publicist and "Becoming Chaz's" associate producer, said OWN plans to broadcast "Becoming Chaz" in May.
GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, praised "Becoming Chaz." "At a time when visibility of the transgender community remains so low in our country, when transgender people are losing jobs and facing violence, it's extremely important that Americans hear stories that help increase understanding and support," GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said in a statement to ABCNews.com. "Chaz's courage to share his story helps countless people understand what it means to be transgender and that everyone deserves respect and equality."
"Becoming Chaz" is an admirable, educational endeavor, to be sure. But toward the end of the film, Bono breaks down the documentary's allure in terms to which anyone who's ever been in love can relate.
"Under the best of circumstances, relationships are tough," he says. "You throw in substance abuse and a sex change, it gets more complicated."