Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Chaz Bono responded to critics regarding his upcoming appearance on this season’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
“I’m just a regular guy,” said Bono, adding that he thinks is appearance on the hit ABC television show with “have a positive impact on the kids and teens out there who suffer from gender dysphoria.”
Last week, Dr. Keith Albow of Fox News called Bono “the ‘transsexual’ woman who underwent plastic surgery and takes male hormones in an effort to appear to be a man, and who asserts she is a man…,” and warned parents not to let their children watch the show.
The notoriously anti-LGBT American Family Association‘s OneMillionMoms.com website said “Dancing With the Stars” has “spun out of control,” and called for a boycott of the series for casting Bono and openly gay performer Carson Kressley, and said DWTS was helping to “create visibility for the LGBT community” and promote a “destructive lifestyle.”
“I am not about to risk the potential for on screen dialogue about sex changes and gender confusion while my 7- and 9-year old are watching (ballroom dancing)…” Perkins said in a statement.
In response, Dr. John M. Oldham, President of the American Psychiatric Association, said the APA “recognizes gender identity disorder as a psychiatric disorder that involves significant distress or impairment in functioning.”
“The APA supports access to appropriate diagnosis and treatment for persons with GID and recognizes that the decision to undergo gender transition is a deeply personal one. The APA opposes all forms of discrimination against persons with GID. There is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people,” Oldham said, in a statement.