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Cher is standing up for her son Chaz, who will compete on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

"Lovelies! Chaz is being viciously attacked on blogs & message boards about being on DWTS! This is still America right ? It took guts 2 do it," she tweeted on Wednesday. "I support him no matter what he chooses to do. . . It took courage to do DWTS! Thank God Chaz has an unlimited supply."

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On Monday, ABC announced that Bono, the show's first transgendered contestant, will dance with pro Lacey Schwimmer.

"At this point I want people to know that transgender people are just like everyone else. We're not people to be afraid of or misunderstood," Bono told Us Weekly after the cast was revealed. "I would love to get that message across."