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The casting of Chaz Bono on Dancing With The Stars has sparked serious debate.

That watershed moment for the gay and lesbian community has been hailed by many, calling it a breakthrough and a triumph for diversity in America.

“Chaz Bono joining the cast of a series like Dancing With The Stars would be a tremendous step forward for the American public to recognize that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of our culture,” said GLAAD.

However, the move has prompted backlash from critics as well.

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A spokesperson for the Media Research Center, which “seeks to bring balance to the news media and prevent liberal bias from undermining traditional American values” says that Bono's addition to the DWTS Season 13 cast is taking things too far.

“Whether it’s Glee or Dancing With the Stars, this is Hollywood’s insistence on tearing down traditional families," said Dan Gainor, VP of Business & Culture.

"Parents now more than ever must realize they cannot let their kids watch TV without supervision or risk advocating lifestyles that most do not approve of."

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Chaz Bono's joining the Dancing With the Stars cast gave the show major publicity, but it wasn't just done as a stunt or a favor to the LGBT community.

Based on what we know of past seasons and those who have made long runs on the show, Chaz - if he can dance at all - could be among the favorites.

Below, THG breaks down the prospects for the man formerly known as Chastity Bono (with girlfriend Jennifer Ella, below) and the rest of the dancers ...

Chaz Bono and Jennifer Ella

Favorites: David Arquette, Chaz Bono, Ron Artest, Hope Solo, Ricki Lake

If anyone has the notoriety that they can utilize to gain interest and build fan support, it's Bono, who will be paired with a female professional dancer.

David Arquette is probably the show's second biggest "get," especially after his separation from wife Courteney Cox and subsequent bizarre behavior.

We don't know if either one can dance, admittedly. But assuming there's any kind of rhythm there, each could go on fairly sustained runs this fall.

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Dancing with the Stars has got Chaz Bono, babe.

The child of Cher and Sonny Bono, Chaz will become the first transgender contestant in the history of the ABC competition. For those wondering, sources confirm this woman-turned-man will be partnered with a female when the season premieres on September 19.

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The new Dancing with the Stars cast will be announced on Monday night, but the following names are considered locks for the 2011-2012 season:

  • Kim Richards: Real, Spoiled Housewife of Beverly Hills
  • David Arquette: Courteney Cox's ex, easy erector
  • Elisabetta Canalis: George Clooney's ex, model
  • Rob Kardashian: Talent-free reality star

Queen Latifah and Tiffani Thiessen, meanwhile, are rumored to be a part of the show.

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Having fully transformed in a male, Chaz Bono now wants to turn his attention on something equally important: walking down the aisle with partner Jennifer Elia.

The offspring of Cher and the late Sonny Bono said this week on Piers Morgan Tonight that he and Elia want to get married "within a year."

"We've been engaged actually for two years," Chaz said, explaining they "kind of had to put things on hold a little bit" due to his gender reassignment procedure.

Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia

The couple has been together for nearly six years and can legally wed because Chaz is now considered a man. They hope Mary Bono Mack, Sonny's widow, can preside over their nuptials.

Elia refers to herself as bisexual and says she finds Bono "more attractive as a man." She also tells The New York Daily News that the sex change has been for the best.

"When you have a partner who's happy in their skin and happy in general, not depressed and feeling completely in the wrong body, it changes everything," she said.

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Chaz Bono is opening up about his difficult journey of physically transitioning from a woman to a man in both a new memoir and a series of interviews.

In his book, appropriately titled Transition, and a documentary, Becoming Chaz, he talks about his sexual appetite from hormone injections, for one.

The former Chastity Bono is remarkably forthright on this subject.

Chaz admits he doesn't remember much from childhood, saying "I was just thinking about 'The Sonny and Cher Show' ... not thinking about reality."

The daughter turned son of Sonny and Cher writes about the decision to undergo gender reassignment and the physical and mental pain it entailed.

Here's a clip from his sit-down with Oprah Winfrey yesterday ...

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Chaz Bono, daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, is in the process of becoming a man. Literally. He was a she, and he's going for the change in front of the whole world.

That takes serious ... well, you know.

With Jennifer Ella by his side, he could handle all the issues that he had to deal with during his sex change, but having to do it in the public eye was the hardest.

"Probably the first thing that was an incredible hurdle was that I wasn't going to be able to do this privately like most people," Chaz told Good Morning America.

"That took a really long time to get over."

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But the longtime gay-rights activist says that the sex change or the public nature of it doesn't change his feelings about being a spokesman for the movement.

"If by being public about it other people can see this and not have to struggle about it, I'm really happy about that," the former Chastity Bono says.

"I've been an activist in the LGBT community for a long time. I think noting's changed, I'm just a little bit more focused on the 'T' now than I was on the 'L' or the 'G.' "

And now that he's faced those fears of going public?

"I needed to work through things that scared me in order to start this journey. At this point, nothing scares me," he said. "Life is just great now, just really great."

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Jennifer Elia, the girlfriend of Chaz Bono, was completely supportive of her partner's decision to undergo a sex change operation and become a man.

Quite the display of strength and quite the departure from the countless celebrity relationships we've talked about that fizzle out over minute details.

Chaz Bono says his gender reassignment surgery allows the two to physically have what they've always had emotionally: a heterosexual relationship.

"She's been amazing," Bono, who underwent the operation this summer, told ET.

"I really feel so grateful to be going through this with a partner."

Chaz Bono, Jennifer Elia

Chaz Bono's operation by no means caught Jennifer Elia off guard.

She knew his intention to do this from the start, Bono says: "I didn't just spring this on Jennifer recently. This was something she knew about shortly after we met. Our relationship always modeled a heterosexual relationship."

"This was true emotionally and intellectually. Now it is physically as well."

Chaz Bono, whose voice is drastically lower and has been shaving once a week now, says he feels relieved, as in his mind, he's always been a male.

"I feel like I'm living in my body for the first time, and it feels really good," said the child of Cher, who was also supportive of Chaz's sex change.

"The one thing that will never change is my abiding love for my child," she said.

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Chastity Bono, civil rights advocate, journalist, author, musician, and the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, is in the early stages of changing her gender.

She will be transitioning from female to male, having already started the sex change process earlier this year, shortly after celebrating her 40th birthday.

Known to family and friends as Chaz, Chastity Bono came out as a lesbian two decades ago. Now she's undergoing bold, gender reassignment treatment.

The star's publicist, Howard Bragman, confirmed the news and issued the following statement, already referring to Chastity Bono with a different pronoun:

Chastity Bono Photo

"Yes, it's true. Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity. He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones."

"It is Chaz's hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his 'coming out' did nearly 20 years ago."

"We ask that the media respect Chaz's privacy during this long process as he will not be doing any interviews at this time."

Bragman declined to answer specific questions about the sex change process, which typically involves hormone therapy, and sometimes - but not always - surgery.

Here's wishing Chaz nothing the best in this endeavor.

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