LOS ANGELES — On Monday, Sept. 19, "Dancing With the Stars" will feature its first transgender contestant, one of two openly LGBT contestants on season 13.
In conjunction with the show's premiere, GetEQUAL — a national direct action civil rights organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community — along with Transgender Law Center, announced today that they will be helping to organize viewing parties across the country to celebrate Chaz Bono's participation as the first openly transgender contestant, and to demand the critical federal and state-based rights and protections the transgender community severely lacks.
As a form of celebration and a call for further progress, the parties serve as personal reminders of the many issues facing transgender Americans — long-term unemployment, chronic homelessness, workplace discrimination and high suicide rates.
Robin McGehee, Director of GetEQUAL, says, "We are proud to partner with Transgender Law Center and long-time LGBT activists Robin Tyler and Belinda Carroll to celebrate this historic milestone. But while next week is big, there is still so much work left to do. We see these viewing parties as great opportunities to have conversations with friends and neighbors about the unique challenges that transgender Americans face."
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