Chaz Bono, transgender advocate and Dancing with the Stars contender, returns to TV tonight with an appearance on “Tonight, Tonight pt 2,” the conclusion to the Degrassi season 12 finale. Bono will play himself as a surprise celebrity judge for a Battle of the Bands contest at the Degrassi Community School.
Bono will also have a scene with Adam Torres (played by Jordan Todosey), a Degrassi high-schooler who came out as transgender in an Emmy-nominated storyline, which GLAAD assisted on to ensure Adam's portrayal would be reflective of the experiences of real transgender teens. GLAAD also helped TeenNick to create a PSA that airs during the episode showings and on TeenNick.com. Todosey’s character has been a pivotal part of the series ever since.
"Adam's storyline on Degrassi is important to me because it means more transgender representation in the pop culture," Bono says, "and it also sends the message to trans teens that they are not alone in their struggles."
Catch Chaz in Degrassi’s season finale “Tonight, Tonight pt 2” on TeenNick at 9:00pm.