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Chaz Bono On 'Degrassi: The Next Generation': Will Help Transgender Character In Season 12

06/29/2012 11:29 am ET

Degrassi Community School is gearing up for a Chaz Bono cameo.

According to The Canadian Press, Bono will make an appearance on Season 12 of MuchMusic's "Degrassi: The Next Generation," which airs on Teen Nick stateside. In the episode, Adam, a transgender character on "Degrassi," will compete in a battle of the bands contest, which Bono will judge. Adam spots Bono and approaches him to discuss girl troubles and struggling with his identity as a transgender teen.

“There are a lot of trans kids and teens and to have representation of themselves really means a lot,” Bono explained to The Canadian Press. “At that age there wasn’t anything [for me]. I didn’t know about transgender people or that there was a possibility to transition or anything. And it made it really difficult to figure out what was going on with me.”

This isn't the first time Bono has stressed the importance of bringing transgender men and women into the spotlight. When he signed on to Season 13 of "Dancing With The Stars" in November, he was met with an incredible amount of bigoted backlash.

"You know, it just kind of shows why for me it's important to be on the show, because so little still is known about what it means to be transgender," he told ABC News. "And there's so many just completely inaccurate stereotypes and thoughts that people have."

Bono's "Degrassi" appearance is set to air toward the middle of Season 12, beginning July 16 on MuchMusic.

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