The Trans Characters That Changed TV and Film
BY Matt Kane of GLAAD
November 19 2012 1:30 PM ET
Dancing With the Stars (2011)
Despite the fact that the show focuses on competitive dancing, Chaz Bono’s appearance on the hit series Dancing With the Stars caused a huge stir when he participated last year. His casting sparked weeks of debate between conservative pundits and those celebrating his appearance as a triumph for transgender visibility. Ultimately however, Bono showed he was a competitor like any other, persevering through grueling routines, performance anxieties, and his own hopes and self-expectations.