Op-ed: 14 Reasons That Made 2011 Great for Trans People

BY Advocate Contributors

December 28 2011 7:10 PM ET

MILITARY VETERANS SOLDIERS X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM

12. Chaz Bono Teaching Trans to the Masses 

Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars marked the first time an openly trans man starred on a major network television show for something unrelated to being trans. Bono's welcome quickly turned into controversy, but his resilience and warm persona told Americans that they have a lot in common with him and other trans people. I credit Chaz for his willingness to tell his story, and for teaching Americans at least a little bit about our lives.

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