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Cher, Lacey Schwimmer Stand Up for Chaz Bono on 'Dancing' as Show is Accused of 'Homosexual Agenda'

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Cher stepped up on Twitter to defend her son Chaz as he was attacked on ABC and other sites for his participation on Dancing with the Stars.

Chaz_bono Tweeted Cher: “Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS!This is Still America right ? It took guts 2 do it....I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will there always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts ! TG Chaz has an Unlimited supply."

Chaz has been paired up to dance with Lacey Schwimmer on the show.

Schwimmer Lacey spoke out about the Chaz 'controversy' yesterday, to The Insider.

"No human is perfect, so why are they pointing out what they perceive to be an imperfection in someone else? It's not cool. We’re all taught to not bully, or harass, and treat everyone as equals yet all these people are doing exactly the opposite...At the end of the day, everyone is going to have a hater. I choose not to listen to it, because it’s ridiculous. To us, it’s more important to focus on the positive people."

She added that she was thrilled to be paired with Chaz:

"I was absolutely thrilled. I’ve always been a huge supporter of the LGBT community and I couldn’t be more excited to have Chaz. Not only is he Sonny & Cher’s child but he’s also a generally cool person...This is my sixth season -- the producers know that I’m very open-minded and really accepting of everyone. Ever since Lance [Bass] was on the show, it opened the door for the LGBT community to be accepted in Middle America and it’s about time. It’s 2011, let’s evolve a little bit here."

Kressley In related news, Executive Producer Conrad Green told E!'s Ted Casablanca that they considered a male partner for Carson Kressley:

"We thought about it...We try to follow what happens in real ballroom competitions. That was the original intention of the show. And while we are aware that there are same-sex couples, the competitions are usually mixed-gendered."

Kressley will be partnered with Anna Trebunskaya.

Green also responded to accusations that because of the inclusion of Bono and Kressley the show has a 'homosexual agenda':

DWTS executive producer Conrad Green told The Hollywood Reporter those charges are unfounded, "We don't have an agenda of any sorts. I think of the 120 celebrities we've put on the show, we've had, I think now, three transgender or gay contestants. If that's a homosexual agenda, we're not doing very well at it."

Green explained, "What we try to do is reflect a broad range of the entertainment world in the casting of the show, and we're always trying to find new things that people haven't seen, new types of stories and that's what we've been doing this season."


Carson Kressley Tells Nate Berkus How He's Going to Take Out Chaz Bono on 'Dancing with the Stars': VIDEO

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Carson Kressley sat down with Nate Berkus yesterday to discuss his strategy against each of the contestants for winning Dancing with the Stars, and what he'll do with the trophy: "Make a lamp and do a whole 'house proud' segment on it."

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

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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.”

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Hitchens roadChristopher Hitchens on Wanda Sykes' White House Correspondents Dinner performance: "The president should be squirming in his seat. Not smiling. The black dyke got it wrong. No one told her the rules."

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 roadEW: Ryan Seacrest, end your gay-baiting banter. "This season, however, has been mercifully light on ''Ewww! You're a homo!'' back-and-forth. That is, until (Tuesday) night, when during a discussion of Danny Gokey's boogie moves, Ryan tried to score a laugh by declaring, 'I love it when Simon criticizes dancing. Randy, we've seen [Simon] dance in Vegas in those heels he wears. Not really a lot of rhythm.' Really, Ryan? In 2009, you're still courting Emmy nominations as Best Reality-Show host by using tired cross-dressing barbs"


The Gayest Thing I've Seen All Week

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Though he's living up to his rep. as queen of high camp, imho Carson Kressley's 'Funny or Die' infomercial is a bit more 'die' than 'funny'. Call me a bore, but I actually enjoy talking to straight people.

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Paranoid_parkroad.jpg Gus van Sant on filming his new film: Paranoid Park. REVIEW: Van Sant "makes another pretty, vacant movie about pretty, vacant boys..."

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Pinkspeedoroad.jpg Pink Speedo down under: Carson Kressley definitely not a fashion coward.

road.jpg Dallas man claims he was assaulted at Station 4 nightclub: "Sid Gonzales, 43, said he suffered two broken bones in his wrist, a puncture wound to his hand and multiple bruises on his backside when two men assaulted him at about 11 p.m. Gonzales said he was near the main dance floor of the Dallas gay nightclub when two men and a woman walked over and stood nearby. Gonzales said he was 'a little buzzed' from alcohol but not intoxicated. He said he tried to be friendly and make small talk with the trio. But he said he was not trying to hit on the men, whom he described as straight-looking, well-dressed and college-aged. When Gonzales asked a few questions, the woman responded but the men said nothing and looked uncomfortable, he said. Gonzales said he reached out to shake hands with one of the men. The man grabbed Gonzales’ arm, twisted it in the air and slammed it against a knee. Gonzales said the first man also stabbed him in the hand with an unidentified object, while the second began kicking him in the backside."

road.jpg American Idol contestant Danny Noriega wishes you a Merry Christmas.


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