Chaz Bono on Dancing with the Stars Appearance: Good For America

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In the face of growing criticism - Dr. Keith Ablow says parents should keep their kids away from Dancing with the Stars, while OneMillionMoms dot com says "Christians should not watch" - Chaz Bono is not phased.

Instead, the controversial cast member sounds inspired.

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The backlash has "made me realize I'm really glad I'm doing this, because America really needs to see this," Bono told ABC News. "It just kind of shows why for me it's important to be on the show because so little still is known about what it means to be transgender. And there's so many just completely inaccurate stereotypes and thoughts that people have."

Howard Bragman has been advising Bono and told Good Morning America:

"Watching Chaz Bono dance is not going to make your kid transgender. But what it can do is possibly save your kids life because young transgender kids, kids with gender identity issues, have a huge suicide rate and if they see one positive influence, one positive role model, this can save lives and that's why Chaz is here."

Fellow Dancing with the Stars contestants have also spoken out in support of Bono. THG readers? They are also on his side. Vote in our poll NOW!

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To Kim - Is it your body them chemicals are going into? No. So I suggest you shut your little christian ass trap up. As far as I'm concerned all you religious fullahs are nothing but stereotypes. They say to love everyone as they are....well what are you doing right now? Putting someone else down...
Not very religious are we?

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Seems most people who call themselves "Christian" seem to love to judge others. But they tend to be the biggest hypocritical scumbags. They are always spewing hate & violence in the name of religion. They are the ones who will need God's forgiveness the most.

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I say good for Chaz! And good for ABC! We need to stop being so afraid of loud-mouth radical religious hate groups and their narrow-minded followers. Positive LGBT role models are so important. I think they help not only LGBT kids look up to someone like them, but also to tell the majority hetero population that they are not some "weirdo" to pick on, that they are human beings, with talent & value.

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The bottom line is Chaz Bono was BORN a darling girl whose parents named Chastity. If God wanted her to be a boy she would have been born a boy!!! I am SO sick of our liberalist anything is OK society which is part of our downfall. What about ALL the chemicals and interventions going into that body to get it to be transgender!!! You are what you are born! I don't get into DWTS that much anymore so this just gives me another.reason not to watch. Thanks ABC!

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Why all the fuss about transpeople?" They're simply one more variation of humanity who has existed for centuries (yes, long before the word, "transsexual" was coined). Where are they? Everywhere - in our schools, in our legistatures, in our senior centers, in our hearts, and in our coffins. Most of the time, you aren't even aware of them. But if they suddenly revealed their secret to you, would you stop talking to them, even if they're your best golf or poker buddy, your favorite heart throb, or that laugh-a-minute lunchmate at the senior center who lifts everybody's spirits? Simply because of what they may or may not have between their legs? What should that matter to you, if they stay out of your bedroom and you stay out of theirs? Oh, ye of little minds. Stretch them and you'll have more room to grow some wisdom.

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People need to get over it!!!! If you dont want to watch it, dont watch! I dont watch the show because I dont care about the show, and the have a lot of idiots on there that are only on the show to make a scene and cause conflict (whats her name Palin and Kate Goslin, for example) A lot these "Christians" out there need to remember the Golden Rule and re-read their version of the Bible....there is no hate in there.....God does not promote hate....go thump your Bibles somewhere else....

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My only comment is we are in the 20th century people you need to build a BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT.

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Seriously I'm so tired of the judgement and it all going back to religion. Teach your children to be open minded and that there are all kinds in this world that need luv and not prejudiced so there would not be Bullies and young teens with this struggle that have no one to turn to. No everything is Black and white we need to stop teaching HATE things that are different America and quite being so darn uptight.

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No Chaz u are there to dance..nothing more..nothing less. Don't be trying to sell tickets to a show u cannt provide..when I tune in to DWTS I'm there to watch dancing..and if u cannt dance then u go the hell home..hope u can dance!

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I do not watch the show only because the format does not interest me.
What he has done with his body is his business.
He should not have to defend himself or feel compelled to do it to send a message.
No one attacks the cartoon porn looking breasts that have been enhanced.
Your body is a temple.......blah, blah, blah.
Stop thriving on negativity.
If you can't see it out your own window it is not your business.

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente