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Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer


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Chaz Bono

"The Most Unexpected"
If you just know him as the only child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher, then you don't know Chaz Bono!

Chaz is an LGBT rights advocate, three-time author, speaker and Chaz's decision to come out as a lesbian in 1995 prompted his public work in support of LGBT rights and social justice. He has contributed as a writer-at-large to The Advocate and, in 1996, became the Human Rights Campaign's National Coming Out Day spokesperson. Chaz also served as Entertainment Media Director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and has spoken at dozens of universities and LGBT events.

An acclaimed author, Chaz has written three books including Transition, his groundbreaking and candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body. He shared his life and experiences in the three-time Emmy nominated documentary, Becoming Chaz. Premiering to standing ovations at this year's Sundance Festival, Becoming Chaz had its world television premiere in May of 2011 on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Chaz continues to create visibility, cause awareness and impact change for LGBT issues. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancιe, Jennifer Elia. She'll surely be cheering Chaz on as he tries to tango to the top of the leaderboard each week on Dancing With The Stars.

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Lacey Schwimmer


CELEBRITY PARTNER: Chaz Bono
BACKGROUND:
Given the amount of fancy footwork that's come from this Dancing with the Stars alum's household, we're pretty sure she's got what it takes to step up to the competition for a third time.
Lacey was born into a family of championship dancers and grew up in Moreno Valley, California. Her parents are Laurie Kauffman and noted West Coast Swing dancer, Buddy Schwimmer. She is the younger sister of Benji Schwimmer, winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance.
Although she began dancing at age 6, it wasn't until she hit her teens that she realized that this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She was chosen as one of the Top 20 contestants for season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance on FOX. Schwimmer has finished top at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships and has won numerous U.S. titles.
Some of her appearances we've seen her in include Christina Aguilera's pop video clip "Candyman" as a jitterbugger, a cameo appearance in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody in the episode, "Loosely Ballroom", and Jon Chu and Adam Sevani's Biggest Online Dance Battle against M&M.
Lacey danced at the MTV Movie Awards 2008 alongside Adam Sandler and was cast to dance in Adam Shankman's film Bedtime Stories starring Adam Sandler. Currently Lacey is part of the iHollywood Dance faculty and is also teaching master classes in Norway.

ACHIEVEMENTS:
• 2007 - 1st Place: World Swing Dance Championships
• 7 time US Open Swing Dance Champion
• 2007 - So You Think You Can Dance Finalist
• 2006 - 1st Place: US National Youth Latin Championships
• 2006 - Emerald Ball Youth Latin Champion

PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:
• Mike Catherwood
• Kyle Massey
• Mark Dacascos
• Steve-O
• Lance Bass

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Interesting. I have to admit that I am curious to see him dance.

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I was on the fence as to whether I cared that he was doing DWTS but now that I have heard that people are being asshats about it on message boards, now I want him to win.

Get over it people, his choices don't affect your life, live and let live

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I remember seeing Chastity then as a little girl in Palm Springs and then later when she was a teenager. We had built a convention center and Sonny and Chastity sang. Sonny Bono was my big boss as Mayor.

Now Chaz is an interesting man. Honestly I am most interested to see if he loses weight. I love when stars go on the show overweight and the show puts them on a road to weight loss.

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I am proud to be a part of Mortys where there has been none of the controversy that appears to be out there. I didn't know it existed to the extent it apparently does until I went looking for articles today. (call me ignorant or niave..I just never thought there was an issue)



'DWTS' Boss Addresses Chaz Bono Controversy, Cher and Lacey Schwimmer Lend Their Support

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I am shocked by the comments I've read, like "DWTS was a family program. My family won't be watching this season now" due to the addition of Chaz Bono. That was one of the nicer anti-Chaz comments. Geeez, people. Seriously? I don't even get the outcry. People are starving, being murdered, molested, maimed, and oh yes, pets are getting carelessly lost in airport baggage areas. And they're up in arms about something they might not even bother to try to comprehend. Shame.

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If the parents don't want their kids watch because of Chaz, they will have to explain. If they leave things alone, the kids will never know the difference. No kid will know that he used to be a girl.

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Seems like a super nice guy. Dancing has potential. His weight is a bit of a detriment, but dancing should slim him down some. He did okay for the first time out.

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He did a lot better than I thought he would.
Hope Chaz sticks around so we can watch and see how much he improves.

I was warmed by the great acceptance of the audience.

Yikes, I hope those parents that don't want their kids to watch are policing all those
other shows that really spit trash into our homes thru the magic of television.

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Absolutely awesome, thought his scores were way to low!!!!

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I always fall asleep during the show and miss the last half. Yay for the DVR. I met Chaz a few times when he was young and when he was a teenager. Very shy and soft spoken. I hope he does well.

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I thought he did a good job last night!

Hope he gets to stay, and see more of him dancing.

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Last week wasn't bad, but this week - sorry Chaz, but it wasn't good. AND HOW in the WORLD did he get 6's????? The scoring tonight made no damn sense.

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Nice try Chaz.... but I'm thinking bottom 3 ... and maybe a sad Goodby.

I was sooo hoping he'd improve more.




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