Chaz Bono to ‘DWTS’ Viewers: We’re Normal

Chaz Bono (Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Chaz Bono (Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

When “Dancing with the Stars” knocked on the door of Chaz Bono – the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono who underwent a female-to-male surgery last year – he didn’t hesitate for a second to say yes.

And he has an altruistic reason. “I’m an activist first and foremost, so that’s always in the back of my mind. And I look at this as just a wonderful opportunity to bring my message to even more people than I’ve had a chance to. So, yeah, I said yes immediately,” Bono said at the cast reveal earlier this week.

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Bono hopes to show the millions of “DWTS” viewers that transgender people “are normal people.” He told, “I’m not gonna be up here preaching. I hope people will just take the time to get to know me on the show and realize that transgender people are just like everybody else. It’s a really positive show so I hope that comes through.”

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That said, he called the process “daunting” and said he’s in a bit of pain from his first rehearsal. “I’m in pain, but it’s not as bad as I thought. I had a lot of worst fears and it’s none of them … so far,” he told us.

As for mom Cher showing up in the ballroom to cheer her son on, he said, “I don’t know. I have no idea. I’m sure she’ll make an appearance maybe.”

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