On April 25, an interview that most of the country was waiting for finally aired. To my delight, I got to catch Diane Sawyer interviewing Bruce Jenner, former gold medal Olympian and dad to the reality show tycoon the Kardashians.
This interview was important to me for one reason: lately, the tabloids have been targeting Jenner because of rumors he has been transitioning to become a woman. Articles entitled ‘Exclusive Photos: Bruce Jenner in Drag!’ and ‘Bruce Jenner’s Secret Boob Job’ have plagued the stands near the checkout lines in supermarkets for the majority of this year.
As a viewer of E!’s hit show Keeping up with the Kardashians, I have noticed that as of late, we are seeing less and less of Jenner. Following a separation and divorce from Kris Jenner, Bruce has since moved out of the house and plays less of a role in the show. However, the recent interview has shined a light on the life of Jenner and the truth of what is happening.
“I’ve been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life,” a teary-eyed Jenner started with.
My eyes were glued. I couldn’t look away from the screen. Jenner was about to reveal something so personal to the world; something magazines have been attempting to announce for him for months.
“I would say I have always been confused with my gender identity since I was a little kid,” Jenner said.
There it was, the answer we have all been waiting for.
“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner said.
Jenner has battled figuring out his gender identity his whole life. Before the interview, I just thought of Jenner as the dad on the Kardashians, participating in whatever shenanigans his daughters wanted.
Little did I know that there was a more troubled, personal side to Jenner. During the interview, I felt as though I was getting to see that personal side of Jenner. I got to see his childhood home and learn about his life as an Olympian, about his two marriages before Kris and more about his family.
After watching the interview, I have a newfound respect for Jenner. Being able to get on television in front of millions of people and reveal something so personal takes guts. It has honestly changed my opinion on him.
I learned more about what it means to be transgender person, the life that transgender people go though and the things they deal with. With that education came respect. Now that I know more about him I feel more comfortable going further in learning about that community.
One thing is for sure and that is that Jenner is doing something he knows is right for him. He has been living with this internal struggle and is now making a change for the better.
“My brain is much more female than it is male,” said Jenner. “It’s hard for people to understand that, but that’s what my soul is.”