“Dancing With The Stars” is garnering praise from fans and advocacy groups for partnering JoJo SiwaJenna Johnson is the author. first same-sex pairing in the competition series’ 30-season history.

Siwa is the one who came out as queer in January, isn’t the show’s only LGBTQ contestant on its current season. Peloton Instructor, Beloved Cody RigsbyHis groovy footwork and partnership with Cheryl Burke, a dancer, is what also impresses the audience.

Rigsby, a self-described “opinionated homosexual,” said in an interview last week that he would have been willing to dance with a male partner on the show. However, he was too busy focusing on the details due to Hollywood’s fast pace and behind-the-scenes discussions.

“When the conversation opportunity came up for ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ I was just so excited to be on the show, I guess I didn’t even think it was a possibility,” he explained to GLAAD’s Anthony Allen RamosIt is. “So I didn’t bring it up. Had I maybe had a moment to breathe and recognize an opportunity, I definitely would have asked!”

Cody Rigsby (left), and Cheryl Burke in “Dancing With The Stars”.
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Both Burke and Rigsby have navigated some unexpected challenges early in their “DWTS” run. Both Rigsby and Burke have faced unexpected challenges in their “DWTS” run. tested positiveCOVID-19 within days of one another last month, even though they’d both been fully vaccinated. It was Rigsby’s second time contracting COVID-19.

They competed separately and virtually on the show’s Britney Spears-themed episode Oct. 4 before producers and medical professionals gave them the clear to return to the ballroom in person a week later.

Rigsby spoke out about Rigsby’s GLAAD interview. unlikely rise to fameAmong the pandemic and his struggle to accept his sexuality as a child growing up in Greensboro North Carolina.

“At a young age, people started to call me a girl, and that was the first attack in fourth or fifth grade,” he said. “That was the first thing I recognized as people bullying me and questioning who I am because of their attacks and insecurities. As gay kid, we are always made fun of because it is the easy thing to do for some people.”

And, looking ahead, Rigsby is confident that “Dancing With The Stars” will eventually feature two men dancing together, possibly as early as Season 31.

“I know that Val [Chmerkovskiy] is really open to having a same-sex partner for next season,” he said. “I think that would be incredible.”

Catch Cody Rigsby’s full GLAAD interview below.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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