The Requisite Chaz Bono Post

I’ve been holding off writing a post about Chaz Bono and the Dancing With the Stars drama for quite some time—actually, since the DWTS cast was first announced.  My initial reaction to the announcement of the cast was surprise that ABC would cast an openly trans person on the show (as I feel like ABC tends to be “family-friendly,” and therefore conservative), but my surprise very quickly turned to happiness, of course.  I don’t think there’s any need for me to go on about how Chaz is a regular guy, there’s nothing wrong with him transitioning, etc. as I obviously understand how normal being trans is and how there’s nothing wrong with somebody who is.

The reason I even wanted to post about this is the first place is in response to all of the utterly ridiculous, homophobic, and transphobic comments that many people have made over the past few weeks, be them in public forums, blog posts, or online news sites.  Being trans, I can tell you that I surely don’t feel any different or immoral or freakish than the rest of the world out there–I just feel like me.  I am me.  I’ve been oh so tempted to fire back equally hateful comments on some of the hate-spewing blog posts I’ve seen over the weeks, but logic and reason won out in the end.  Responding to somebody’s hate-filled comments with poorly constructed emotional rhetoric of mine wouldn’t really do much, other than giving myself (and possibly other trans folks out there) a bad name.

Today, I came across one of the best posts I’ve seen regarding Chaz being on DWTS—it was short, to the point, and made me smile.  I hope you all take a moment to visit Elizabeth Anne’s blog and read her latest post: People should be treated as people.  I guarantee you’ll enjoy it!


Posted on September 6, 2011, in Random and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Another great blog. Plus a great link!! BONUS!

    I agree with holding the reigns on emotional replies to such hatred. There are times, though, that I cannot “quietly resist” and I must lash out at them. Usually, though, I think it out and then write.

    We, the trans community, have no agenda. We are people and People Are People (Depeche Mode). We are not second class citizens, which is how we are being treated. They love us if we live a lie that destroys us, but as soon as we are true to ourselves, we should be ashamed. I think not.

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