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Watching Chaz Bono Dance

9/12/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Chaz Bono dancing the Cha Cha on TV ... in front of your kids ... will NOT make them want to have a sex change -- at least according to the American Psychiatric Association.

In a recent article, psychiatrist and former talk show host Dr. Keith Ablow suggested kids could develop Gender Identity Disorder (GID) just from watching Chaz on "Dancing With the Stars."

John M. Oldham, M.D. -- the APA President -- acknowledges GID is a psychiatric disorder ... but also told TMZ, "There is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people."

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76.

Dennis Johnson    

Kids are not stupid and they know Chaz is a joke and nothing more than a freak show.

1084 days ago
77.

Beverly    

it's so silly to think children will want to have a sex change because of Chaz on DWTS. The reasoning for me & younger children, is all thy hype & then having to explain to the younger children. The reason I'm no*****ching this year is because I don't want to listen about it on DWTS. It's a dance show, not a sex change show.

1084 days ago
78.

carmen    

Theres nothing wrong with Chaz!!! everyone need to understand that the ONLY ONE ON EARTH TO judge AND THAT IS GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! everyone else god will judge you when its your time.

1084 days ago
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Illinois person    

Don't see what all the fuss is about? If you don't like Chaz then don'*****ch. This isn't rocket science. I've watched this show from day #1 and there have been many so-called stars who have made bafoons of themselves. But really, some of ya alls will tune-in and have yourselves in agony over a specfic person whom you don't care for? Really? Do you know the remote has been invented? Simply change the channel. Other than that, ABC is simply hoping Cher shows up. That's all they want out of Chaz whether he wins, loses and/or goes in the first round. ABC has been playing the ratings game since the dawn of the "ratings" and this show is by all means a winner. What about some of freaks on American Idol (can you say Sanjaya among others?) Meanwhile, why judge a book by its cover? Maybe he can dance or maybe not but either way we'll know soon enough.

1084 days ago
80.

Rogue Warrior    

So Chaz has a vagina but is called a man? Yeah right.

1084 days ago
81.

Rogue Warrior    

Since Harvey is so big on pushing the LGBT agenda, he should have to sleep with Chaz and come back and tell us how that went!

1084 days ago
82.

CLB    

I really do not think Chaz's presence of DWTS will be an issue unless the show chooses to focus on the situation or if parents feel the need to explain that Chaz was born Chastity. I wouldn't want children watching the show anyways until they were older because of the risque outfits and some of the sexual moves.

1084 days ago
83.

V    

okay..I don't see why people are making such a big deal about a transgender person being on DWTS, if someone wants to get a sex change or is gay or whatever..then thats their business, if thats the way some people want to live that is their right, my kids are not into DWTS anyway, but I would rather have my kids watch DTWS (even with a transgender person on it) instead of watching MTV that has nothing but trashy shows, get a grip people...its not the end of the world if a transgender or gay person is on a show, there a bigger things in this world that people should worry about.

1084 days ago
84.

shyone    

If your children ask you about it, just explain that

1. They are looking at someone whose mental disorder makes them think they are a different gender than their body is.

2. Some people with this mental disorder try to make their body look like a different gender than they were born.

3. Psychiatrists agree that this is a mental problem.

1084 days ago
85.

KWM    

Isn't the APA the same organization that gave us lobotomies, electro shock therapy, sex re-assigment at birth, all with tragic consequences? Wasn't it Dr. John Money who "fudged" his data in gender research to "conform" to his personal bias? Isn't it the APA who gave us psychotropic drugs and the "theory" of chemical imbalances? Isn't it the APA who literally meets once a year, and by a show of hands, VOTES on what behaviors to list in the DSM as illnesses?

And since the APA promotes and justifies it's own "science", isn't this just a defensive, self-serving statement? Psychology isn't a science.... it's speculation, theory, bias.

1084 days ago
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indignant moose    

Its pretty obvious Chastity suffers from something that happened in her childhood. She seems to be jealous of the attention her mother got when she was growing up. She even changed her name to be close to Cher...Chaz. For the attention, she announced herself as a lesbian 20 years ago...but now that is passe and so she became a transgender for the shock value (more attention again). Cher and Chaz need to go see a professional to help sort things out.

1084 days ago
87.

middleagedcrazy    

@ KWM and shyone --


Totally agree that the APA has no room to talk any more. When I think about how much time and money has been spent with those so-called 'professionals' my blood boils.

1084 days ago
88.

forreal    

there is no issue as one can't tell that Chaz wasn't born a male at birth just by looking at him. Parents choose to make it a 'teaching moment' by pointing it out either disparagingly or positively. Kids can't catch Gender Identity Disorder by t.v anymore than they can catch the fat gene by seeing an overweight person.

1084 days ago
89.

aprel1958    

Get over the whole transgender thing and refer to him as he sees fit. I love DWTS but am tired of hearing about sex changes. Focus on the dancing and fun!

1084 days ago
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shazzie    

Watching Chas Bono will not make your kids want to change their gender. The same way watching a crime show on tv won't make them want to go and kill someone. HOWEVER, watching DWTS at all could make you want to go and kill.

1084 days ago
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