Transgender advocate Chaz Bono is set to co-host a Los Angeles fundraiser on Sunday for his stepmother — a Republican lawmaker from California known for having a strong record on LGBT rights.
A flier advertising the event — obtained earlier this week by the Washington Blade — praises Rep. Mary Bono Mack, as “the only Republican woman representing California in the Nation’s Capitol.”
Bono, who gained notoriety as a transgender advocate after his appearance on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” is listed as a co-host for the event. The only child of Cher and the late Rep. Sonny Bono, Bono is the stepson of Bono Mack.
Also listed as a co-host is gay Republican media commentator Richard Grenell, who briefly served as a foreign policy spokesperson for the Romney campaign before resigning after an outcry from social conservatives and some liberals.
In an email to the Washington Blade, Grenell praised Bono Mack’s record while serving in Congress and said she’s in danger of losing to Democrat Raul Ruiz in the upcoming election.
“My friend Mary Bono Mack has been targeted by the Democrats and she needs our help to return to Congress,” Grenell said. “While Mary represents Palm Springs, she is also a unique voice in Congress for Californians wanting common sense leadership with less control over our lives.”
Grenell said the fundraiser is set to take place at the home of Republican former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan within the city. The minimum requested contribution is $500 per person.
Also listed on the flier as a co-host is Cindy McCain, wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee and U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is listed as a “special honorary guest.”
Over the course of her career in Congress, Bono Mack has had a pro-LGBT voting record. She voted twice against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006. She voted for hate crimes protection legislation and a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Bono Mack voted against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal when it first came to the House floor in May 2010, but ultimately voted in favor of repeal after the Pentagon report on implementing open service was issued. In the current Congress, she’s voted against amendments on the House floor reaffirming the Defense of Marriage Act.