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Chaz Bono

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By now most of America has heard that Chaz Bono, the son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, is on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”  This has been deemed a controversial move for the show as Chaz has transitioned so that the outside of his body reflects the gender that he knew he was on the inside.  Click here for a definition of transgender or transsexual.

Sadly, and somewhat incredibly, there has been quite a bit of backlash about this casting choice.  Some Americans have expressed disapproval of Chaz, simply because he is transgendered.  Here at the Help Center, transgendered callers tell us that they hear many of the same criticisms in their day-to-day lives that Chaz is experiencing on a national scale.  And although we are barely into the season, Chaz is handling the pressure with strength and dignity.

We at the Help Center applaud Chaz’s willingness to be public, and know that he is helping other trans youth and adults learn that they too can live their lives in a way that is healthy and honest for them.  And oh yeah, we also admire his dance moves.  Chaz is certainly his mother’s son!

If you are transgendered and want to discuss other’s reactions to your gender identity, call us, email us, or chat with us.


Written by glbtnhc

September 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Posted in Media, T

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