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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Chaz Bono on Dancing with the Stars!
As you may or may not have heard, Chaz Bono has been cast in the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. The son of Cher and Sonny Bono, Chaz (born Chastity) completed gender reassignment surgery just last year. He will officially be the first transgendered individual this show has ever cast. Dancing with the Stars has claimed that they are helping to create visibility for the LGBT community.
Of course, you can never achieve such incredible progress without encountering some serious opposition. Fox News ran a segment called “Don’t Let Your Kids Watch Chaz Bono on Dancing with the Stars.” Some people are worried about the questions children may ask after seeing a transgendered male on television. OneMillionMoms.com has initiated a full-on boycott of Dancing with the Stars, saying they “will not tolerate LGBT subjects being forced into our homes.” They go on to encourage Christians and families with children to avoid watching the show, in hopes that a severe drop in ratings will cause ABC network to rethink their decision. It is a shame that such a tremendous step forward is being rejected so strongly by members of the population. Thus far, Bono has been handling the controversy casually, claiming “it’s a much bigger deal to everybody else than it is to me.” He has no intentions of quitting the show. The season premiere of Dancing with the Stars is September 20, so if you are interested in the revolutionary casting, tune in!