Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Chaz Bono Not Backing Down

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | September 03, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

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"Watching Chaz Bono dance is not going to make your kid transgender. But what it can do is possibly save your kid's life because young transgender kids, kids with gender identity issues, have a huge suicide rate and if they see one positive influence, one positive role model, this can save lives and that's why Chaz is here. No way he's going to back down. This has really reinforced his decision to be on the show."

--Howard Bragman, Chaz Bono's publicist, in reference to the controversy about his client appearing on the ABC television show Dancing With The Stars beginning Monday, September 19, 8 p.m. ET .

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Laurie Edwards | September 3, 2011 10:24 AM

I admit I don't understand transgender or transsexual; I can't seem to empathize with those states of being. However, I do comprehend that those states are real and valid and just like everybody else, in terms of minds, hearts, bodies and souls--and deserving as a matter of course of the same courtesy and respect as every other person. In Chaz Bono's case, maybe even more respect than most, in that he's had to do this trip in the public eye, and he's shown remarkable dignity and courage doing it. More power to him for not wimping out and backing away from "DWTS." And by the way, I've never watched the show, but I will this season, just to somehow reward them for having the guts to do this.