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Television Dances With LGBT Stars

By Charlotte Robinson, September 01, 2011
Interesting selection for the 13th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars with the announcement that transgender advocate Chaz Bono & gay stylist Carson Kressley will be contestants. Last year at this time we had gay activist Margaret Cho to watch & vote for. Hopefully this time our LGBT community will get behind Chaz & Carson. This is an opportunity to make a statement like the conservative right made when they supported Bristol Palin on the show. Chaz & Carson need our support so watch & vote. They'll be joined by Nancy Grace, NBA star Ron Artest, Ricki Lake, soccer star Hope Solo, Chynna Phillips, David Arquette, Rob Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari, Elisabetta Canalis & J.R. Martinez. Dancing with the Stars premiers Sept. 19 on ABC. Also earlier this month the CW announced that transgender model Isis King & openly lesbian Kayla Ferrel would return for the all-star cycle of America’s Next Top Model. America’s Next Top Model - All Stars premieres on September 14. This is a great start to the new TV season with the inclusion of both gay & transgender contestants represented on ABC & the CW. Updates to Come…:)
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1 comment:

Herndon Graddick said...

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 an important part of the fabric of American culture. Bono will be joined by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Carson Cressley whose current TV series, Carson-Nation is on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The CW Network announced earlier this month that transgender model Isis King and openly lesbian Kayla Ferrel would return for the all-star cycle of America’s Next Top Model. America’s Next Top Model - All Stars. ABC and the CW both received ‘Good’ ratings in GLAAD’s annual Network Responsibility Index this year. 33% and 23% of the networks’ primetime programming were LGBT inclusive, respectively.

Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD

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