I’m not a fan of this show, have seen it yet don’t watch it – I never did understand the appeal. This season of the Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) program has a new type of contestant: transgender “Chaz” Bono, aka Chastity Bono.
From KATU News: Chaz Bono isn’t thinking about the controversy surrounding his casting on “Dancing With the Stars.” He says he’s been flooded with fan support and is focused on the cha-cha.
Bono is the show’s first transgender contestant, and some viewers and conservative media groups have responded to his casting with hateful blog posts and calls for a boycott of the hit ABC show. But the 42-year-old author and activist says he hasn’t looked at the negative posts on the network’s website and has received loads of support from fans on Twitter.
Bono, who began rehearsing dance routines on Wednesday, says the controversy “hasn’t taken any type of negative toll on me at all” and that he remains intent on perfecting the dance routine he’ll perform in front of millions of viewers when the show premieres later this month.
From Chaz’s website: …”And just within the past eighteen months, Chaz Bono has entered the public consciousness as the most high-profile transgender person ever. All through the hoopla surrounding his change, Chaz has insisted on maintaining his privacy. Now, in Transition, Chaz finally tells his story. Part One traces his decision to transition, beginning in his childhood-when he played on the boys’ teams and wore boys’ clothing whenever possible-and going through his painful, but ultimately joyful, coming out in his twenties, up to 2008, when, after the death of his father, drug addiction, and five years of sobriety, Chaz was finally ready to begin the process of changing his gender. In Part Two, he offers an unprecedented record in words and photographs of the actual transition, a real-time diary as he navigates uncharted
I did some research on transgender people at the American Psychological Association and they explained that some people are transgender due to biological factors such as generic influences and prenatal hormone levels, early experiences in a person’s family of origin, and other social influences. Is it a mental disorder? Apparently many transgender people do not experience their transgender feelings and traits to be distressing or disabling, so it is not a mental disorder. Yet some transgender people do find their transgender feelings to be distressing or disabling. This is called gender dysphoria. According to the diagnostic standards of American psychiatry, as set forth in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, people who experience intense, persistent gender dysphoria can be given the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder.
DWTS’s decision to have Chaz on their program is most likely a ratings stunt. They haven’t had real “stars” on this program for years. The addition of a transgender contestant won’t have me tuning in to watch.
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