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Monday’s Dancing With the Stars performances captured a critical year in the life of each participant. For J.R. Martinez, that year was 2003, when he was wounded in Iraq.

For Chaz Bono, the most defining year has been this one.

Bono said ’11 has been his most meaningful because “I’m happier than I’ve ever been,” then danced a rumba to a song that his father wrote, “Laugh at Me.” Its message: “If you have a problem with me, then it’s your problem, not mine.”

Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars (Week 3)

Unfortunately for the 42-year-old activist, who’s drawn both ire and support as the first transgendered contestant on Dancing With the Stars, his positive attitude, courage and charisma simply don’t translate to dancing skills.

His score of 18 landed him in last place for the second straight week, three full points behind the next lowest total. Barring an upset, he’ll be out the door tonight.

If so, he’ll do so what his held high. What more can one ask for?