"With both gay and transgender contestants represented on this upcoming season, ABC will send viewers a strong message about the diversity within the LGBT community. At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of American culture. Appearing on such a high-profile show will allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light."
The recent documentary Becoming Chaz about Chaz's transition is up for three Emmys. The trailer for the documentary and a complete DWTS cast list after the break.
Here's the new Dancing with the Stars cast:
Chaz Bono: Sonny and Cher's famous child was the subject of the recent documentary Becoming Chaz, which aired on OWN and is now up for three Emmys.
Nancy Grace: The outspoken legal commentator and host of her eponymous show on HLN is expected to maintain her hectic schedule while donning the Danskins.
Ricki Lake: The actress/author is looking to return to the daytime talk show circuit by launching one in the fall of 2012.
Rob Kardashian: The younger brother of Kourtney, Kim and Khloe has worked as a talent manager but has been known to show up from time to time on the family reality shows.
David Arquette: The actor and ex-husband of Courteney Cox recently celebrated his sobriety on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Ron Artest: The 6-foot-7 forward from the Los Angeles Lakers is petitioning the courts to change his name to Metta World Peace.
Kristin Cavallari: The former star of MTV's The Hills and Laguna Beach has kept busy by doing charity work for the kids.
J.R. Martinez: The All My Children actor also works as a motivational speaker.
Hope Solo: The gorgeous goal keeper gained millions of followers this summer while playing for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.
Elisabetta Canalis: It can't be fun to be known as the gal who was dumped by George Clooney but hey, the ravishing actress from Italy has other credits, too: She recurred on TNT's Leverage!
Chynna Phillips: The Wilson Phillips crooner who's married to Billy Baldwin recently made a much-appreciated cameo in Bridesmaids.
Carson Kressley: The fashion expert best known for Queer Eye and How to Look Good Naked now has a show on OWN called Carson Nation.