Chaz Bono says of the controversy surrounding his upcoming appearance on ABC's Dancing with the Stars: gender dysphoria isn't contagious.

Bono's comments come after several op-eds have weighed in on the issue. Fox News contributor Keith Ablow warned parents not to let their children watch the dancing competition, because it would lead to confusion, while Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper said there wasn't much to worry about.

Author-activist Bono is the child of gay icon Cher and the late entertainer-politician Sonny Bono. Bono is a transgender man.

In his column, Ablow suggests Bono should not be applauded for “asserting she is a man … any more than a woman who believes she will be happier without arms, has them removed and then continues to assert that she was right all along – her self-concept was that of a double amputee. Now, all is well.”

Ablow's op-ed comes amid a firestorm of protest. Bono, 42, has already refused to back out of the dancing contest amid calls for a boycott of the show and its advertisers over its casting. (Conservatives are also fuming at the inclusion of openly gay fashion expert Carson Kressley.)

On Tuesday, Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council, added fuel to the fire during his radio show.

“Chaz Bono … may have been born a woman – but she'll be dancing as a man. And while the gay community approves, fans certainly don't. ABC's been blasted by thousands of viewers for turning a popular show into an hour-long political statement,” Perkins said. “I guess if Dancing wants to advertise for the radical left, they'll find out how out of step they are!”

Bono responded to his detractors during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.

“I'm going to be dancing,” Bono said. “I'm not up there talking about anything other than dancing. People who don't have gender dysphoria aren't going to catch it by watching me dance on television.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)