By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter—
After months of speculation, tons of Paparazzi stalking, and some insensitivity on the part of some media, late talk show hosts, and many LGBT opponents, Bruce Jenner told the world what he had been holding inside for many years. The former Olympic hero told told Diane Sawyer, in an exclusive ABC interview, “for all intent and purposes I am a woman!” Jenner also told her that he “had been thinking about this day forever. …”
“The courageous action Jenner has taken as a sports role model will inspire and strengthen transgender athletes around the world. Jenner’s bravery will inspire our transgender youth to shoot for the gold in all levels of sport,” said NCLR Sports Project Director Helen Carroll.
The sense of belonging and self-respect was more than due for Jenner.
“There is nothing more important to human dignity than being able to live an authentic life. This is a central aspiration of the struggle for LGBT liberation,” said NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell. “We congratulate Jenner’s quest to realize that goal. However, while this is a cultural milestone, the real-life experience of transgender people in this country is too often a denial of safey and fundamental dignity.”
The two hour special on ABC News, made Jenner become one of the best-known openly transgender figures in the world. It also put to rest widespread speculation about Jenner’s identity in the national media. [pullquote]”And we hope that Jenner’s message of authenticity and openness will shine a light on the unique challenges that transgender people face and help further equality.—TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman[/pullquote]
Added Silverman: “And we hope that Jenner’s message of authenticity and openness will shine a light on the unique challenges that transgender people face and help further equality. We support every transgender person’s right to come out at a time that is right for them, and wish Jenner every happiness moving forward in the world authentically.”
The TV show broke viewing records and it took Twitter by storm. According to the ABC network, more than 1 million tweets worldwide with the Hashtag #BruceJenner inundated social media. Variety reported that more than 17 million people watched the Olympian come out as a transgender woman. And, things don’t end with just his story tonight.
The producers of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians will follow Jenner (who prefers to use male pronouns for now) through his transition in eight episodes set to air in July, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Respected transgender activist and GLAAD board member Jenny Finney Boylan, who is author of She’s Not There, confirmed she is a consultant on the production.”
However, transgender people coming out do not receive the level of support or understanding that Jenner has received. According to a Time.com story by Mara Keisling, it is that privilege what is missing from stories like Jenner’s. [pullquote]”I sympathize greatly with Bruce’s experience, but I also recognize the huge privilege that comes with being able to share your story with Diane Sawyer on national television. …”—Mara Keisling[/pullquote]
“I sympathize greatly with Bruce’s experience, but I also recognize the huge privilege that comes with being able to share your story with Diane Sawyer on national television,” wrote Keisling. “Most of us transition with little fanfare or recognition at all — but each of our stories are important.”
People’s reactions regarding Jenner’s coming out and his privilege varied, BUT it was the reactions from family, celebrities and thousands of thousands of people via Twitter what seems to have made the most impact.
Proud son. https://t.co/n4BGMx5ubq
— Brandon Jenner (@sprandoni) April 24, 2015
Mazel Tov to #BruceJenner – very very brave!!!
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) April 25, 2015
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) April 25, 2015
#BruceJenner we learn from you to be courageous, funny and to be our authentic self. With love and Go For It!
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) April 25, 2015
I've interviewed #BruceJenner many times, and I'm in his corner. I support him & offer my respect.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) April 25, 2015
bruce jenner – just beautiful in every way – thank u for ur courage #inspiring
— Rosie (@Rosie) April 25, 2015
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) April 25, 2015
Bruce Jenner is a beautiful, brave human being. Sending him lots of love. He's saving lives and opening minds tonight.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 25, 2015
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2015
— SAGE USA (@sageusa) April 25, 2015
Thank you #BruceJenner. Your testimony will make this world a better place.
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) April 25, 2015
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) April 25, 2015
"All of us deserve the right to be loved for who we are ". Bravo #BruceJenner
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) April 25, 2015
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[Parts of this report came from News Releases]