by Matt Kane - GLAAD's Associate Director of Entertainment Media
“Transphobia is still all too prevalent in our society and this show will only contribute to it. It will reinforce the mistaken belief that transgender women are simply ‘men pretending to be women,’ and that their efforts to live their lives authentically as women are a form of lying or deception.”
Local personal fitness trainer and nutritional consultant Chris Tina Bruce will be the first transgender participant in a bodybuilding competition this weekend. She will also be the first person to have ever competed as both a man and a woman and says due to the way bodybuilding is run, she has no advantage.
The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 47% of readers say that they will be watching “DWTS” because of Chaz, 39% said they would not be watching the show because of Chaz, and 13% said they were already fans of the dance competition.