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Chaz Bono Leaves Dancing with the Stars, but Still a Great Victory for Transgender Visibility

Statement from GLAAD, October 25, 2011:

"Chaz bravely put on his dancing shoes and became a fan favorite, showing millions of viewers that he's like any other guy," said GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. "Though it's sad to see him go, Chaz has helped countless people better understand what it means to be transgender. He should be commended for both his courage and determination. We hope Chaz's time on 'Dancing with the Stars' is just the beginning in a long line of transgender-inclusive programming across the media."

GLAAD Blog: Chaz Bono Leaves Dancing with the Stars, but Still a Great Victory for Transgender Visibility, October 25, 2011

Support Chaz Bono: Let's Go #ProBono

Transgender visibility is about to get a major boost on television this fall, following the announcement that author and activist Chaz Bono is joining the fun-filled and highly rated ABC program Dancing With the Stars.  Starting September 19, Chaz will join 11 other celebs in putting their fancy footwork to the test on the ballroom floor.

Many media outlets and personalities have celebrated his inclusion on the show, and offered strong words of support.  Unfortunately some anti-LGBT activists are reacting with hurtful messages and dangerous misinformation about the trans community, and encouraging viewers not to vote for Chaz simply for having the courage to be who he is.

This is this time when Chaz and all the transgender people in our community need your support. Let's send the message back that transgender people are a wonderful part of the fabric of our society, and who deserves the same things as all Americans: respect, love, success, and, yes...the right to show off their skills on the dance floor!

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Voting Information

Information on how to vote for "Team Schwaz" is provided by ChazBono.net

When to vote:

Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) and online voting will open at the top of each performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone and text lines will stay open until 30 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone. Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following day.

How to vote:

1. Phone: Dial 1-800-VOTE4-12
2. Text: (AT&T Customers Only)  Text the word "VOTE" to (to be annouced) from your AT&T phone.
3. Online: Go to www.abc.com and sign in using your Facebook or Twitter Account. If you do not have one, create an ABC.com account.
4. iPhone App: Tap on "App Store" icon; Tap "Search"; Search for Dancing with the Stars; Tap the Dancing with the Stars icon in the search results. *In-app voting feature only available on iPhone to AT&T customers. Verizon and AT&T users will also be able to dial in their votes through the Click to Call option.
For more information on voting go to: http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/about-voting

For the Media

Are you a member of the media reporting on Chaz? Check out GLAAD's media resources and press release with list of potential interview subjects!

Also check out our Media Reference Guide's transgender section.

 

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