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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Really? What happened to love thy neighbor as thyself? Who made us judge and jury? Should we shun everyone with black hair and blue eyes because we think that color combination makes them weird? Instead of condemning this man to our children, this is the perfect opportunity to explain transgendered people to them. For those who are "Christian" and think it's a sin to be transgendered, incorporate this into your teachings by telling your children that while you don't agree with the idea of transgendered people, we should still love them because we are all God's children and God wouldn't want us to condemn a person just because they're different than us. One of the most important things we can teach our children is tolerance. Seriously, people...there are enough ugly things going on in this world than this. Let's focus on the things that are truly important. This just doesn't qualify.

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my only comment is to Gern: Sorry but I wouldn't mind if my daughter brought Chaz or anyone like him home to meet me as long as she was happy. As a parent that is all you can do is accept the choice your child has made and be supportive because as we all see they won't get support any where else in this country. If you don't like who your daughter brings home then you don't like who your daughter is especially in case at hand.

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Leave him alone! If you don't wanna watch it, THEN DON'T!!!

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I ama christian and this is sooo wrong! yes, love the sinner but not the sin!

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I am a christian and sadly I must agree with most of the comments here about christians.It seems christians have missed the message that we are to share the love of Christ, not be holier than thou, self righteous, hippocrates.Remember Christ came and ate and conversed with prostitutes, tax collectors and the like, gently sharing the truth. Remember ,noone wants to listen to a hateful, self righteous, jerk. Christian should really check thier attitudes.

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Chaz is saving lives, much more, his own. He is the true hero in a nation of miss-information, lost ideals, and religious scandal. Old schools needs to go back to school. And Cher is a fine example of love. We should all try to learn from her, try to listen for a change and stop preaching just long enough to remember that God is love.

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I am a christian and sadly I must agree with most of the comments here about christians.It seems christians have missed the message that we are to share the love of Christ, not be holier than thou, self righteous, hippocrates.Remember Christ came and ate and conversed with prostitutes, tax collectors and the like, gently sharing the truth.
Remember ,noone wants to listen to a hateful, self righteous, jerk.
Christian should really check thier attitudes.

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You cannot blame the entire christian community for a few people's comments. If I makes you uncomfortable then don't watch. Teach your own children what's right and stop letting TV raise them.....

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"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians, however. They are so unlike your Christ."
~ Ghandi

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Chad has every right to be in the show and I have every right not to watch. I choose not too.

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