Ballroom Dancing in Antwerp. Image by Peter en Dimitri Weerebrodeck-Petrus.
ABC is in hot water after they told recording artist Who is Fancy that he can’t use two men dancing together when the new single “Boys Like You” debuts on Dancing with the Stars. The song, which is about two men falling in love, will be played with a choreographed dance, but when Who is Fancy’s choreographer asked to use two men the show’s producer said no.
TMZ leaked the e-mails:
“…be an awesome look to have 2 males dancing with each other.’
“Apologies all but this is a definitive no from the network.”
ABC eventually relented by allowing “near dancing.”
Dancing with the Stars in the United States has never featured two same-sex dancers, but has had many LGBT people participate including Michael Sam, Carson Kresley, and Chaz Bono (though always pairing with a dancer of the opposite sex).
Our friends in Israel included their first same-sex pairing in 2010.
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For five decades, we’ve watched excitedly as Cher successfully re-invented herself time and time again. Since her duo days with Sonny Bono, our favorite diva has transformed from superstar songstress to Oscar-worthy actress, and beyond. She is the only performer to have earned “top ten” hit singles in five consecutive decades, and, along with Barbra Streisand, is one of two Best Actress Oscar winners to have a #1 hit song on the Billboard charts. Cher tried to say goodbye during her “Farewell Tour” in 2005, but instead she continued to enthrall fans at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The beat goes on in this diva’s whirlwind career as she continues to record music, make movies, and advocate for LGBT rights.
Happy Birthday 69th Cher! We love you.
Check out some of our favorites videos of Cher after the jump…
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Election Day is today, so we all know you’re going to cast that all-so-important vote, right? Still on the fence? A slew of celebrities is here to help. Gay Icon Cher and the self proclaimed “regional icon” Kathy Griffin (though she is definitely an icon to us) shared their thoughts on Republicans, and why we shouldn’t let Romney turn back time. “This is Cher bitches, do what she says!”
Watch the celebrities for Obama videos after the jump…
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Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is no stranger to speaking her mind about LGBT issues. In the past she fiercely defended Chaz Bono and now she is going after those who discriminate against gays and lesbians to marry:
This country has a long history of discrimination against certain groups. Eventually we wind up getting it right. Right? Against women, against blacks, the civil rights movement and so on. And in justifying that discrimination when it was in place, some folks turned to the Bible and turned to their religious beliefs and said we have to have slavery because it’s in the Bible. Women have to be second-class citizens because that’s in the Bible. Blacks and whites can’t get married because that’s in the Bible. That wound up in a case. A judge wrote that in an opinion, which the Supreme Court ultimately struck that down, saying that’s not right, judge—the Equal Protection clause says you can’t do that. Why is gay marriage any different? [via TR]
Video after the jump…
Cher and Chaz Bono
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Serbia has become the place to be if you want to have sex reassignment surgery. Approximately 100 surgeries of this nature have taken place in the country within the past year and these numbers are expected to increase further due to Serbia’s recent insurance coverage of this procedure. One of the reasons why Serbia, of all places, has become popular for sex reassignment surgery is because several other countries look down on the transgender community and don’t pay enough attention to this issue. In the United States, only five surgeons perform sex reassignment surgeries consistently. Furthermore, the price of the female to male procedure is $10,000 in Serbia as opposed to the U.S. where it costs $50,000 or more. Even Cher’s son, Chaz Bono is considering flying down to Belgrade, Serbia to get the penis attachment surgery done. “There’s a doctor in Belgrade that just does this procedure —he best of anywhere I’ve seen it.” [NYT]
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The National Geographic channel is rolling out a new documentary that follows tansgender people, including one woman who is about to embark on her wedding day. The show will premiere tomorrow. Here’s what NatGeo has to say:
Male or female? Boy or girl? Most of us can answer that question without a second thought. But for some people, the answer isn’t so simple. Go firsthand into the daily lives of three people who are transgender, and witness their struggles for acceptance and the triumphs and hardships they face along the way. Clair’s family struggles to cope with losing a son and brother, while also learning to embrace their new daughter and sister. Jim became a heartthrob in the transgender community after participating on a transgender dating show but really wants to get married and raise a family. Eli returns home to his big, Italian-American family in Alabama hoping to win the support and guidance of his brother, so he can become the father and man that he wants to be. Hear their stories in their own words as we follow them through day-to-day life in a world that sees them as anything but normal.
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Chaz Bono and his fiancée Jennifer Elia have called it quits. The couple’s relationship was detailed in the documentary “Becoming Chaz,” which featured Bono’s transition from female to male. Bono proposed to Elia live on the show earlier this year.
According to Bono’s rep, Elia and the 42-year-old “Dancing With the Stars” contestant “leave this relationship with great love, respect, and affection towards one another.” Bono also posted a tweet about the incident Monday, saying “I’m doing fine” and that he and Elia “remain on good terms with nothing but respect and affection 4 each other.”
In 2009, Bono discussed Elia’s support for him as he underwent his gender transition. “She’s been amazing. I feel really grateful to be going through this with a partner.” [CNN]
Chaz Bono proposed to longtime girlfriend Jennifer Elia last night on the debut of his new TV special, Being Chaz.
The show aired last night on OWN and shows Bono proposing to Elia atop the Seattle Space Needle. According to People: “The one-hour special … documents the couple’s good times and their bad times, like when Bono faced backlash for being the first transgender contestant to compete on Dancing [With The Stars].”
Being Chaz is a follow-up to the Emmy-nominated documentary Becoming Chaz, which followed Bono’s transition from female to male. “It’s gorgeous. Thank you so much,” Elia said of the proposal. “It’s stunning. It’s huge.” [Towleroad, People]
Chaz Bono may have been voted off Dancing with the Stars earlier in the week, but his winning personality and loyal fan base have opened up plenty of opportunities for the 42-year-old. While often shying away from the spotlight, Bono’s newfound confidence, surprisingly good dancing, and a family legacy of singing would all effortless translate to the Great White Way. Bono recently expressed his interest, “I really had fun dancing, and I was a lot better than I thought I would be…[I’d do Broadway] in a hot second! Yes! If Broadway comes knocking, please. I’d be very happy to do anything. I’d love this experience.” [US]
Now what role on Broadway should Bono fill?
Chaz Bono bowed out gracefully from the ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars” last night. Bono has had a mercurial run on the show—from the political controversy that surrounded his participation and receiving low marks from a knee injury to the tearful moments when Cher came to support her son.
“I took so much away from this. This was an amazing journey that really pushed me and showed me that I could do so much more than I ever thought I could. I came on this show, because I wanted to show America a different kind of man. If there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different. And so I dedicated everything I did to all the people out there like me and especially to kids and teens who are struggling. You can have a wonderful, great life and be successful and happy.”
Chaz Bono’s participation in DWTS is nothing short of courageous. His participation has surely paved the way for other transgender men and women in the entertainment world.
Watch his final performance and exit after the jump…