After much speculation, Bruce Jenner opened up about his transgender status in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer.
“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.”
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Those were the words of American Olympic hero Bruce Jenner as he finally opened up about his transformation to becoming a woman in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Friday night.
There has been much speculation in tabloids and presses about the gender identity of Jenner for some time now and in an ABC special ‘Bruce Jenner – The Interview’, Jenner opened up about the process of becoming a female.
The entire interview, Jenner was very candid and open. He wasn’t afraid to answer tough questions from Sawyer nor was he afraid to discuss his sexuality.
Jenner had several powerful quotes, most notably when he talked about how the female side is part of who he is.
“People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life — it is part of me,” Jenner said to Sawyer. “That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.”
Jenner even discussed how these feelings had begun at a young age. When Jenner was a young boy, he put on his mother’s dress for the first time and it felt right according to him.
“I marked the closet so when I put it back I could put it all back, everything back in the exact same spot so I wouldn’t get caught,” Jenner said in the interview. “And, at the time, I didn’t know why I was doing it besides it just made me feel good.”
That wasn’t the only time that Jenner would wear female clothes either. When he was on the road doing motivational speaker roles, he would wear dresses to comfort himself in the private vicinity of hotels that he stayed in.
“I’d literally go up into the hotel room, change [into women’s] clothes, and walk around,” Jenner said to Sawyer.
The interview took place in multiple venues that featured his home in Los Angeles and where he grew up in New York.
Sawyer, trying to clear up some confusion, asked whether or not Jenner was gay since Jenner still had desires for women.
Jenner, however, said that comparing sexual identity with gender is comparing apples to oranges. He went on about how he has always been attracted to women and as a father has raised kids. Even in his new gender, he is still attracted to females.
When Jenner was asked about how his family responded to the news, he said it was an emotional moment for the Jenner and Kardashian family because of how protective they are of him.
While Jenner has a new identity as an individual, he doesn’t just want it to stop there. He wants to become an advocate for the transgender community.
“I would like to work with this community to get this message out,” Jenner said in regards to becoming an advocate. “They know a lot more than I know … I am not a spokesman for the community.”
The interview between Jenner and Sawyer was powerful as it was open and honest with the intent of helping others struggling with their identity to come forward and be proud of it.
Bruce Jenner is a woman and he wants to use his new identity to lead the way in helping others.
(H/T: ABC News)
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