Dancing With the Stars Cast Will Not Feature Same-Sex Couples

Despite the recent addition of a transgender celebrity to Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 13, there will be no same-sex couples on DWTS any time soon. While adding transgender man Chaz Bono to the cast this season stirred up questions about possible same-sex couples in the future, executive producer Conrad Green is totally against the idea.

“We’ve discussed (such) pairings in the past,” Green said, according to Today.com. “But the traditional role in ballroom (dancing) is for men to have a female partner, so that’s what we’ll do.” Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Carson Kressley will be dancing with a female partner this season, which has irritated some gay activists who thought he should be partnered with a guy.

“I’m surprised when people get upset about the partnering,” DWTS senior producer Deena Katz said. “This is not a social dancing show, it’s a dancing competition. A man should dance with a woman, no matter what your sexual orientation, in ballroom. If I’d put Chaz with Mark [Ballas], for example, it would have looked like I was trying to make controversy. We’re not setting people up on dates.”

So although Chaz Bono is transgendered, he now identifies as a man and partnering him with professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer still keeps the couple as a traditional male/female pairing. Not everyone is comfortable with that interpretation, however. The casting of Sonny and Cher‘s offspring has some DWTS fans declaring they will not be turning in this season.

Although Dancing With the Stars execs seem to be against the idea of a same-sex couple on the show now, they did previously attempt to recruit Portia de Rossi in 2010 with an offer to let her dance with a woman. De Rossi, who married to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, turned down the proposal. The only same-sex couple to be featured on a version of Dancing With the Stars so far was Gili Shem-Tov and Dorit Milman, who appeared on the Israeli version of the show.

Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 13 premieres Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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12 thoughts on “Dancing With the Stars Cast Will Not Feature Same-Sex Couples”

  1. I’m not watching this season – not just because of Chaz, but because the whole cast is scraping the bottom of the D-List barrel.

  2. Not this season, but wait till the next. ABC is the pervert network. They will have more feces eating f_gs than you can count. And pedophiles too dancing with little children.

  3. We teach our children that bullying is bad and we shouldn’t do it, but look at those who are bashing Chaz. The reason he is on the show is that he is Sonny and Cher’s child. A CELEBRITY!!
    I personally love ballroom, would love to learn, but instead I enjoy watching others learn how. Len is my favourtie judge. But I have to agree with the show. Traditional ballroom competition is male/female partners. They are not trying to make it an issue with sexual orientation. It is what it is. To look at Chaz and Carson, they are males, so they get female partners, end of story. They both knew that going into the show and didnt’ have an issue. why should anyone else?

  4. I’m so happy to see Chaz have his time on DWS. and Daniele, if you think the show sucks, then keep your thoughts to yourself, cause DWS has a lot of fan group. I love the show and can’t wait for the next season. Good luck DWS & Chaz, you’ll do great..

  5. Unlike the rest of the respones, I am looking forward to this lineup, I think it will be a great show, As always. and I hope the people who are against it will try to not be so narrow minded.. Male or female- trandgender or not it’s all in how you dance. & we all do it

  6. If Chaz is dancing with Lacey, then the show IS featuring same sex couples. Chaz is genetically AND physically a woman. Calling yourself a man and taking a hormone does not make you a man. The show did not need this.

  7. Kimberly responses like yours are what keep people ignorant. Watch a documentary on transgenderism. Most of these feelings in kids start as young as 3. They know they were born into the wrong body…body parts not making a difference. Most people turn their mind off and choose not learn about it. I personally feel sorry for people who struggle with this decision and feeling like one sex not born into. it must be awful

  8. Again, people are losing sight of the fact of HOW Chaz got on the show. It’s a CELEBRITY thing, not a gender thing. When are people going to realize that this is the media pulling this crap to surface. It’s a CELEBRITY dance show. Chaz is the child of Sonny and Cher…. CELEBS!!! Quit making it more than what it is and just enjoy the show!!!

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