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Olympian Bruce Jenner Hailed As Hero By Trans Advocates

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Bruce Jenner was interviewed last evening on American television by renowned journalist Diane Sawyer. In the interview, which was over two hours long, Jenner told the world that he has the “soul of a female”.

The interview is being hailed by both critics and supporters as important for many reasons.

The topic, was once so taboo, that it was barely mentioned on even alternative channels dealing with sexuality.
Also it’s subject: one of the most famous male Olympic athletes of all time, considered one of the sexiest men alive in his younger years, now admitting he is transitioning into becoming a woman.

The International Business Times reports:

Bruce Jenner’s decision to speak out about his struggle to come to terms with his gender identity has been hailed as brave and courageous by the transgender community. The 65-year-old Olympian sat down with Diane Sawyer for an interview, which aired Friday night on ABC, to publicly announce that he has the “soul of a female.”

Jenner’s announcement is being viewed as a key moment for the transgender community, and comes amid increasing visibility of transgender people in American society. Jenner expressed optimism in the interview, saying, “what I’m doing is going to do some good” and spoke out about becoming involved in transgender activism.

Mara Keisling, the executive director of National Center for Transgender Equality, praised the star’s move, saying this would now be a bridge for millions of Americans to understand “the truth behind the struggles of being transgender in 2015 America.”

“In one of the most profound displays of bravery and courage I’ve seen, Bruce Jenner has finally stepped out into the world for real,” Keisling said, according to Variety. “To Jenner, welcome. To Jenner’s family, thank you for your touching and compassionate support. And to America, let’s all push past this trans tipping point together and change the world. We extend our deepest thanks and welcome to him.”

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Log Cabin Republicans, an organization that advocates equal rights for gays and lesbians in the U.S., welcomed Jenner to the community, saying, “there is a home for you in Log Cabin Republicans — as there is for all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender conservatives and straight allies.”

“As the nation’s only organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies, Log Cabin Republicans congratulates Bruce Jenner in the tremendous courage he demonstrated tonight, being true to himself both in terms of his personal identity as well as his political identity,” Gregory T. Angelo, the organization’s executive director, said in a statement.

GLAAD, an LGBT media monitoring and advocacy group, also supported Jenner and said that his story will help others express their gender identity without fear of discrimination.

“Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny. Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world.”

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  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    ‘Hero’??
    No disrespect to any LGBT community, but calling a millionaire who could afford to do what any ‘celeb’ does with his money is anything but. What defines a hero? I used to think it was the Purple Hearts that my Father and Grandfather both earned for their service in the USMC for their actions serving during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Calling a privileged man who was able to buy his happiness does not make a Hero. (whatever…I doubt anyone really cares enough to dispute what he/she did was anything to even blink at, I know it doesn’t mean a thing for me)
    Actually, let us set aside his gender, and observe him as a red-blooded human; one whom is being sued and possibly charged for causing the death, and injury to 7 others in that ‘wee’ crash that he/she is at fault for (“Those pesky paparazzi! They made me do it!”). Have we forgotten that?

    To call him/her an ‘icon’, or a ‘role model’ for all trans-gender folk is far more appropriate, considering that he/she is going to make a crapload of cash, PR, and whatever comes with being part of an American fallacy in familial idealism steeped in scandal, stupidity, flagrant self-promotion, and anything but a role model as a family with the equivalency of a sad Monarchy built solely on the finances, and certainly not by any altruistic actions.

    So? Next time people wish to call someone a Hero? Maybe you should go to a VA hospice, or even their website. No need to look any furthur than the many forgotten ones that definitely do not have funds to even get the medical attention and respect they deserve.