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No Way Chaz Bono is Backing Down, Says Publicist: VIDEO

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Chaz Bono's publicist Howard Bragman talks to George Stephanopoulos about the calls from hate groups like One Million Moms for ABC to dump Chaz Bono from Dancing with the Stars and says there's no chance he'll back down.

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  1. That's right she wont back down!! Chastity is a strong woman who clearly does whatever she wants. Leave her alone.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 2, 2011 5:25:50 PM


  2. @Lisa, I agree with everything but your pronouns.

    Posted by: Gary | Sep 2, 2011 5:33:02 PM


  3. That's right. She is a woman with a vagina and some hair hormones who had her breasts removed. That is not a ma, plain and simple. You have a vagina, you are a not a man.

    Posted by: BBLQ | Sep 2, 2011 5:34:15 PM


  4. haters. he is a man.

    Posted by: walt | Sep 2, 2011 5:35:58 PM


  5. i feel so sorry for the ignorant people that want to make themselves feel better by putting down someone who has had to face more hatred in the past 24 hours than almost anyone else in this country.

    Lisa is probably an uptight frigid person anyway.

    Posted by: mick | Sep 2, 2011 5:44:09 PM


  6. He identifies as a man so he is a man.

    I dunno why I'm always so disappointed that African-Americans tilt anti-LGBT, That so many gays are racist, or that so many people from one oppressed group want to be haters on another group. It gets me down.

    I should avoid 'comments' sections, I know. At least I have no haters in my circle of friends--I see to it.

    Posted by: Gary | Sep 2, 2011 5:44:36 PM


  7. Is that one million BIGOT moms.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 2, 2011 5:46:37 PM


  8. When are we going accept that a person's identity is his or her own. It doesn't belong to anyone else. It is his or hers alone. The need to make everyone conform is what killed Larry King. Chaz knows who he is. So just drop it.

    Posted by: Joey | Sep 2, 2011 5:51:44 PM


  9. @BBLQ I double dog dare you to say that in front of Buck Angel

    Transgendered people have always stood by us. Transgendered people were the driving force that gave birth to the gay rights movement. Let's not forget that drag queens were the ones kicking the pigs' asses at Stonewall. Even today, hijras and kathoeys are the ones championing trans and gay rights in the developing world. Quit it with the transphobia. They're just as deserving of dignity and rights as we are.

    Posted by: LFB | Sep 2, 2011 5:56:44 PM


  10. The level of unbridled, scathing hatred towards Chaz almost leaves me speechless.

    I mean, wow! This is such a new, low low for the Towleroad comments section.

    People need to learn what empathy means.

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 2, 2011 6:13:32 PM


  11. If your brain tells you that you are a man, you're a man.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Sep 2, 2011 6:18:34 PM


  12. I agree with many of the above comments. It sickens me that an oppressed group feels the need to find someone else "beneath" them.

    Have you ever considered what it would be like to feel an overwhelming desire to change your sex? It's a hell of a lot harder than being gay or lesbian.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 2, 2011 6:20:03 PM


  13. @Paul R So now we finally have it out in the open. Transexuals have despised gay people for many years, because they consider their struggle to be oh so much "harder". Of course, that hasn't stopped them from riding on the gays' coattails to get their rights. Now gay men are being condemned by the trans crowd for actually calling themselves "men". They want us not to refer to ourselves as "cismen", whatever the hell that is. Chaz/Chastity has finally gotten revenge on the gay community that rejected her after she viciously attacked Ellen. It is all about him now, and he can enjoy the pleasures of a heteronormative life, like so many transexuals strive for.

    Posted by: Farley | Sep 2, 2011 6:35:02 PM


  14. Fist of all, I believe Chaz has had a the gender reassignment surgery so he does, in fact, have a penis and not a vagina. Buck Angel is still technically a woman but identifies as a man and certainly looks like a man. I will say one thing, after Prop 8 passed in California I became a massive racist for a short time. It was a reaction to the homophobia and bigotry of a segment of the black community. It's not pretty but it is what it is. It didn't start with the gay community. It starts with that stupid book they all read.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 2, 2011 6:38:57 PM


  15. I am a married, stay at home mom of two children. I married young and stayed with the same man and only man for the last 25 years. We waited ten years after we were married to have children. As I said I stay home. I volunteer about 45 hours a week at their schools. We live within our means, and pay our taxes. We give to charity and search for ways to better the community as a whole.

    We vote on a family value vote. And the that family value has a corner stone in moral strength of equality and civil justice. I am appalled at your reactions to Chaz, He is a person just as you and I. and I would say your actions against him are more dangerous to our children of our country than anything our children can see or hear on tv. I personally wouldn't allow you alone in a room with my children.

    learn to Accept things that you might not support. For you are not the judge and jury of others.

    Posted by: Marie | Sep 2, 2011 6:40:13 PM


  16. Also, the amount of hatred that Chaz Bono has been subjected to is tragic. By all accounts he is an intelligent sensitive person. The Maggie Gallagher clones are just exposing how evil they really are.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 2, 2011 6:40:36 PM


  17. Ahhhhh... The always inclusive community!! There to support one another. And we wonder why certain folk hate us. WE hate us.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Sep 2, 2011 6:44:03 PM


  18. If someone wants to change their gender identity, thats THEIR business and nobody elses. I never watched DWTS but i will now simply to vote for Mr. Chaz. Chaz is amazingly brave and a true inspiration to people with a heart AND a brain.

    @Marie...thank you for your kind words.

    Posted by: Bring back the lions! | Sep 2, 2011 6:58:14 PM


  19. "I dunno why I'm always so disappointed that African-Americans tilt anti-LGBT, That so many gays are racist, or that so many people from one oppressed group want to be haters on another group."

    @Gary: Inasmuch as the phenomenon of members of disenfrancised minorities not supporting other minorities' rights exists, it bothers me, too.

    But I would never jump to making the assumption that "Lisa G." or "BBLQ" or any other anonymous internet commenter is black or gay or anything else.

    I feel completely confident that out gay people are, on the whole, far more accepting and supportive of equal rights of disenfranchised races and sexual identities than is the general population.

    Rather than assuming that Lisa G. is gay or black (or even female) and "should know better" than to trash another disenfranchised group, I would be more likely to guess that she (or he, as the case may be) is from the trans-hating "million moms" group (or something similar like a trans-hating church) and scours the internet to find Chaz-related posts where she/he can spread the hate.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 2, 2011 7:02:55 PM


  20. I honestly can't believe some of these comments are on the Towleroad comment section! How can a community that faces discrimination on a daily basis discriminate on one of our own? The reactions from BBLQ and Farley are one in the same with the reactions that the anti-gay crowd has towards gays and lesbians and should not be acceptable.

    The strength Chaz has shown in living his life the way he has (after all, he didn't ask to be born "Cher's kid") and now the strength he has shown to embrace who he is on national television is something not only to be commended but also something that will advance our cause, yet some gays and lesbians are responding like a Fox News commentator.

    I can't begin to imagine feeling like I am in the wrong body; and my hat is off to anyone who feels that way and has the guts to be open about it.

    Bravo to Chaz, dance those shoes off brother!

    Posted by: Lance | Sep 2, 2011 7:06:25 PM


  21. Ok, so by your logic if my brain tells me I am a tiger and I have stripes tattooed on my body and a tail attached, then I guess I must be a tiger. Mee owww. Don't judge! I know what pronouns I am using, the correct ones.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 2, 2011 7:21:47 PM


  22. Remember when the bigots wouldn't let the black kids dance with the white kids on national TV? The bigots are at it again.

    Posted by: scollingsworth | Sep 2, 2011 7:24:03 PM


  23. For the record, Chaz has had "top surgery" (breast removal). She still has her vagina though.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 2, 2011 7:31:34 PM


  24. The blind animosity towards trans people never ceases to amaze me. What is so threatening and incomprehensible about someone feeling their biological sex isn't true to their gender identity? It's particularly perplexing why some of us gay people, who should know what it's like to have an essential part of our being misunderstood due to the narrow-minded ignorance of mainstream society, not only lack the imagination to put ourselves in someone like Chaz's shoes but hold the same sort of irrational hostility that homophobes show towards us. As with homophobia, transphobia says more about the phobic than about the object of their disgust.

    And, so what if someone doesn't believe Chaz is a "real" man--how people perceive Chaz's gender has nothing to do with whether or not he should be on the show (a show you couldn't pay me to watch but not cause of Chaz). I hope he stays strong and proud in the face of idiot hatred.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 2, 2011 7:38:01 PM


  25. It irritates me that George Stephanopoulos defends the bigots by saying "Well, Howard, you call it a hate group, but they're NOT being anonymous here; they're being very open about their views [supporting "what they call family values"...].

    George, did you even look at their website" "They're not being anonymous and they're being very open?" Who? The people the website quotes from their organization, named "June B., Judith B., Mary B., RJ..."
    None of them have a first and last name and a third of those quoted have the last initial "B."
    They use an automatic e-mail system that allows even followers who can't express themselves in a gramatically-correct sentence to use an automatic "click-here" copy-and-paste of an automatic, anonymous complaint (or 12) about a sinful show or commercial.

    Like most any anti-gay group, they've chosen a misleading name to make them sound bigger or more important than they are (a million? I don't buy it!)
    Anti-gay hate groups should no more have their views spotlighted and defended by TV hosts like Stephanopoulos than anti-black groups who might object to the very existence of a black person on TV (It sounds too ridiculous to be real today, but that's where America was 45 years ago.)

    I'm tired of hate groups being "brought to the table" to get promotion for their divisive and falsely-based outrages.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 2, 2011 7:46:11 PM


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