"Watching Chaz Bono dance is not going to make your kid transgender. But what it can do is possibly save your kid's life because young transgender kids, kids with gender identity issues, have a huge suicide rate and if they see one positive influence, one positive role model, this can save lives and that's why Chaz is here. No way he's going to back down. This has really reinforced his decision to be on the show."
--Howard Bragman, Chaz Bono's publicist, in reference to the controversy about his client appearing on the ABC television show Dancing With The Stars beginning Monday, September 19, 8 p.m. ET .