Chaz Bono and Carson Kressley will be contestants on Dancing with the Stars. It was previously announced that transgender model Isis King will be on the upcoming all-star cycle of America’s Next Top Model, joining lesbian contestant Kayla Ferrel.
This is the first time on primetime network TV that two programs will have gay and transgender people represented on a program.
“At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast of a series like Dancing with the Stars is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are an important part of the fabric of American culture,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “His documentary, Becoming Chaz, was a great chance for viewers to meet the man behind the headlines. Appearing on such a high profile show will allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light.”
He added, “With both gay and transgender contestants represented, ABC and the CW have created primetime firsts that reflect the growing acceptance of gay and transgender people in America today.”
ABC and the CW both received ‘Good’ ratings in GLAAD’s annual Network Responsibility Index this year. 33% and 23% of the networks’ primetime programming were LGBT inclusive, respectively.
America’s Next Top Model – All Stars premieres on September 14, while the new season of Dancing with the Stars premieres on September 19.