Watch Laverne, Kit, Mari, Noah and Stephanie Watch Chaz!


Chaz

Update:  Watch the video here!

Update 2:  Watch Laverne & Noah return to The Insider studios the next day for the vote off here!

September 27, 2011 - Tune in to The Insider tonight to watch TLDEF friends Stephanie Battaglino, Laverne Cox, Noah Lewis, Mari Rosenberger and Kit Yan watch Chaz Bono perform on Dancing with the Stars.  The Insider is known for its celebrity interviews and Hollywood dish, but with our group of five, the show dives headfirst into Chaz's impact on the transgender community and our culture at large.  The Fab Five, as we've taken to calling them, visited The Insider's studios in Manhattan last night to watch DWTS and talk about how they felt as transgender people watching Chaz tear up the dance floor and tear down barriers to visibility and inclusion.

These diverse community representatives reflect the breadth and scope of the work we do at TLDEF.  Stephanie is a member of our board of directors; Laverne was the lovely hostess of TLDEF's 6th Anniversary Benefit; Noah is an attorney in our office; Mari volunteered with us as a legal assistant; and Kit is a Name Change Project participant who was featured in The New York Times discussing his experiences with the project.

To find out where and when to catch tonight's episode of The Insider, visit TV Guide, and search for "The Insider."

We owe a huge thank you to Laverne, Kit, Mari, Noah and Stephanie for appearing on The Insider, and to GLAAD for creating this opportunity.

Chaz's appearance on Dancing with the Stars has heartened so many of us.  His courage, determination and grace in the face of outrageous attacks have been inspirational.  He has created an opportunity to inform the public about transgender people that simply did not exist before.  We are thrilled to be able to play a part in that process.  To Chaz, we express our heartfelt gratitude and admiration.

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