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Cher isn't the only one defending Chaz Bono against the haters.

Chaz's outspoken Dancing With the Stars pro partner, Lacey Schwimmer, also has his back.

Take it away, Lacey...

"I just think it's absolutely ridiculous when people have anything negative to say about anybody other than themselves," Schwimmer tells us exclusively. "It's not fair. It's not nice. And it's degrading. I really get sad about it."

"But at the same time, Chaz and I are not going to be focusing on the haters because we know that they're going to be there," she adds. "We're focusing on the positive and we've definitely had so much more positive support rather than the negative. And that's what important to us."

Schwimmer says Chaz will "shock" viewers when they see him on the dance floor.

"There's a lot of people against him at this moment because they don't know too much about him and his whole process," she says. "I think that through this show you're going to see a different side of Chaz. I think people are going to see past, 'Is he a boy or is he a girl?' I think they're going to stop questioning and just accept him for him."

As for the undeniable impact Chaz's appearance on the show will have, Schwimmer says, "I think it's just showing that people need to be OK with this. We need to evolve. It's 2011. I personally feel that we need to get over it."

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