The rumors are true! Almost every name on the official Dancing With the Stars Season 13 Cast List matches those on the list that was leaked earlier Monday. Nancy Grace will indeed dance with the stars in 2011. So will Chaz Bono, Ron Artest, Ricki Lake, and everyone else who was rumored to be cutting a rug this season. An unleaked name - Carson Kressley - rounds out the 2011 cast.
With both gay and transgender contestants represented on this upcoming season, ABC will send viewers a strong message about the diversity within the LGBT community, said Herndon Graddick, senior of director of programs for GLAAD, in a statement. At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast is 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 will allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light.
Dancing With the Stars premieres Sept. 19 on ABC.