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Chaz Bono, the transgendered son of Cher and Sonny Bono, will be appearing on Dancing With the Stars. Find out how he is preparing to compete on the dance floor.

Fresh from confirming he will be on Dancing With the Stars, Chaz Bono is gearing up by hitting the gym. Wearing a black tank top and silver workout pants, TMZ spotted Chaz leaving a West Hollywood gym on Saturday.

Chaz Bono

The author and activist has been battling his weight for many years, and will no doubt drop some serious pounds on DWTS. Kirstie Alley, Kelly Osbourne and Maria Osmond all lost a lot of weight when they competed on the hit show.

Chaz, who will be the first transgender contestant on the show, tweeted his excitement. "I am so happy to finale [sic] confirm that I am doing DWTS this season and I couldn't be more excited about it."

He has plenty of supporters rooting for him, including the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) who said in a statement:

"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 would be 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 would allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light."

Chaz was born a female to parents Cher and the late Sonny Bono. He underwent a female-to-male gender transition around 2008 and in 2010 he legally changed his gender and name. He has since gone on to write a book about the experience, titled Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man.

Chaz will be dancing with a female dancer on Dancing With the Stars, which premieres on Sept. 19th.

Also check out: First photos of the entire DWTS Season 13 cast >>>

Photo: GSI/TMZ


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Comments on "How Chaz Bono is preparing for DWTS"

Marlie October 03, 2011 | 10:30 PM

Hate to break it to ya, Julie, but nobody can 'just grow a penis'...sheesh! And it sounds like you need to just get over the entire she/he hype, because it's Chaz'z life and none of us gets to dictate what gender Chaz prefers to be identified with. Leave it alone, it's not harming you. "Julie SEPTEMBER 01, 2011 | 11:23 PM This "He" stuff really bugs me "SHE" had her breast removed "SHE" didn't grow a "PENIS" Having your breast removed doesn't make you a "MAN".

Willow Palin September 03, 2011 | 2:03 PM

Chaz will ALWAYS be a fat gross bee-oytch, NEVER a true guy. Disgusting!

Sheryl September 02, 2011 | 3:40 PM

Wow!! lots of haters out there! you should take the time ot work on your ownlives!

Julie September 01, 2011 | 11:23 PM

This "He" stuff really bugs me "SHE" had her breast removed "SHE" didn't grow a "PENIS" Having your breast removed doesn't make you a "MAN".

sam September 01, 2011 | 10:08 PM

poor misguided -----! you can not change your DNA or male or female chromosomes !! you are a disrace to humanity !! you are so small minded - you think it is that easy to change gender !! you become freaks and monsters ! living ,walking dead corpses ! cher - you are at fault for your daughter's freak apperance ! pray for forgiveness -to God ! God did not make you all like that !!

Shelia September 01, 2011 | 10:35 AM


Tab September 01, 2011 | 10:09 AM

You go for it Chaz. Cher I applaud you, as mothers we love our children unconditionally. We love them for who they are, so all of you with negative comments ... examine your own life before you start making judgments about others, and you so called Christians ... I think if you read your bible it tells you that it is God's place to cast judgement, not ours.Good luck Chaz.Sorry I won't be watching .... I can't stand Nancy Grace.Maybe when they vote her off I will tune in.

Jeff August 31, 2011 | 3:05 PM

Cool for her turning into a Him If thats what he wants. Stop chocking it down our throats. Do what you want to do live your life. I know from Cher's tweets it bothers her. Stop the insanity live your life as who you are. Just try and stay out of the public eye. It seems your on every show promoting your book etc. Who are you? what type of Celeb are you? Where is your reality show? Where is your CD? Dancing with the stars need to change its name to simply Dancing under the stars. or Dancing with has beens. Chaz isnt a Star. She is a activist, Author. Books on being raised by Sonny and Cher, Being and now being a man. Live your life be happy. This is like a big train wreck.

Sue August 31, 2011 | 2:19 PM

Not Son of Sonny and Cher; Daughter of Sonny and Cher.

Heidi August 30, 2011 | 4:45 PM

small minded people have no place on this earth, and make me sick... break a leg Chaz. Love ya!!!

Anna August 30, 2011 | 1:18 PM

Pretty sure you have no purpose on this planet, Mike.

Mike August 30, 2011 | 12:45 PM

Makes me sick!!!! People like this have no purpose on this planet!

Von August 30, 2011 | 12:29 PM

Chaz, that's a girlie tank top you're wearing........from one transgender to another, "Wear the wifebeater, it looks more masculine."

Sal August 30, 2011 | 11:15 AM

Good for him!

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