On Monday, Chaz Bono was announced as the first transgender contestant ever to appear on Dancing with the Stars. That has made some right wing groups in American society pretty angry but the gay and lesbian community are rallying around in support of Chaz.
Right wing groups opposed to seeing an increase in diverse groups on their TV screens are outraged that a transgender contestant can appear on a mainstream TV show like Dancing with the Stars but a spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called Chaz Bono’s inclusion as a contestant on the popular show as a big breakthrough for the community.
Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD welcomed Chaz Bono’s inclusion in the Dancing with the Stars line-up, hailing it “a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of American culture.”
However, a spokesperson for theMediaResearchCenter, which “seeks to bring balance to the news media and prevent liberal bias from undermining traditional American values” thinks that it is a step too far.
Chaz is nervous but excited to be taking part in the reality TV show and apparently his mother, iconic pop starCher, thinks it is “cool.”
So can we expect outrageous flamboyant costumes to enrage the right wing complainers any more? Apparently not. Chas says he is a little more conservative than his mother in terms of dress sense. So he says he will aim to wear “tasteful suits, nice lines, that kind of thing.”
Chas Bono is also welcoming Dancing with the Stars as an opportunity to test his new body to the limit, following his gender reassignment surgery. He is pumped and ready to dance with a beautiful woman.
The new season of Dancing with the Stars begins on Monday, September 19.