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New 'Dancing with the Stars' Cast Includes Chaz Bono: VIDEO


ABC announced last night that Chaz Bono will be joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars, which starts September 19.

The full cast also includes Ricki Lake, Ron Artest, Kristin Cavallari, Chynna Phillips, David Arquette, Carson Kressley, Nancy Grace, J.R. Martinez, Hope Solo, Rob Kardashian, and Elisabetta Canalis.

Watch interviews with Bono and the other cast members, AFTER THE JUMP...

GLAAD was thrilled that the show would have both a transgender and a gay participant, and released the following statement:

“With both gay and transgender contestants represented on this upcoming season, ABC will send viewers a strong message about the diversity within the LGBT community. At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast of a series like Dancing With The Stars is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of American culture,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “His documentary, “Becoming Chaz,” was a great chance for viewers to meet the man behind the headlines. Appearing on such a high profile show will allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light.”

Watch interviews with Bono and the other cast members, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And the stars on the show would be...?

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 30, 2011 8:12:35 AM

  2. Should have been Candis Canyne instead of Chaz. Dude you are happy with your body now, so stop stuffing your face with food.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 30, 2011 8:16:19 AM

  3. I don't watch TV anymore, but I seem to remember that there were actual "stars" on this show at one time. Could be wrong. My only suggestion is that they have an ambulance at the ready if Mr. Bono attempts the Cha Cha.

    Posted by: Farley | Aug 30, 2011 8:19:49 AM

  4. Another reason not to watch standard network television-all faux reality-all the time-
    I agree -there are no "stars" here- it should be called "Dancing with public personalities".

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 30, 2011 9:18:50 AM

  5. I can't help but feel Chaz's inclusion is borderline exploitative. I have a feeling he will be chastised and ridiculed by comics, mid-westerners and even gays and lesbians. Unfortunately, where we are today, the trans community is so far behind the gay & lesbian community's strides, that members of the trans community are still ostracized.

    And then the argument becomes, perhaps this platform may eradicate some transphobia.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 30, 2011 9:19:28 AM

  6. I don't watch the show either. Past contestants have talked about their weight loss.

    Posted by: M.Scott Hernandez | Aug 30, 2011 9:35:39 AM

  7. And unless the gay and trans community get together and vote for them, they will be the first two to be voted off.

    Posted by: Edd | Aug 30, 2011 10:01:46 AM

  8. So Carson Kressly will be dancing with a man, right?

    Posted by: gaylib | Aug 30, 2011 11:05:44 AM

  9. Chaz seems like a nice person but I'm not sure if "Dancing With The Stars" is the right vehicle. They really do have to dance on the show that's why usually athletes do well. Personally I would rather see gay or lesbian celebrity dancing with a same sex partner.

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 30, 2011 6:03:34 PM

  10. I have to agree with Ron Artest. Hope Solo is fine.

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 30, 2011 7:10:50 PM

  11. Ron Artest's, "I don't want to look like a sissy" bit is getting old before it's getting started.

    Posted by: Tallulah | Aug 31, 2011 12:45:04 AM

  12. Moving on down the list, reality stars, and people known through other stars include, Rob Kardashian - brother of the famous Kardashian sisters, Kristin Cavallari - known for her former spot on the reality series, The Hills, and the beautiful Italian actress, Elisabetta Canalis - better known as George Clooney’s younger ex-girlfriend.

    Posted by: lisastarr | Aug 31, 2011 2:05:30 AM

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