Bruce Jenner Transition Is “Culture-Changing Moment,” Says GLAAD

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Bruce Jenner Transition GLAAD

By Shari Weiss

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Bruce Jenner’s transition was heralded as a “culture-changing moment” at Saturday’s GLAAD Media Awards.

While Jenner, who recently revealed he is transgender and identifies as a woman, was not at the New York ceremony, he was a hot topic among the attendees. Speaking about the Olympian’s televised coming out, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told People, “That was a culture-changing moment.”

“It was a tectonic shift for the trans community. For the first time, about 20 million people in America met somebody who’s transgender,” said Ellis. “You can’t really do that in any other way or with somebody who’s even better suited for it because Bruce has always been a champion in the past and is now a new kind of champion.”

Now openly on a journey to becoming a female, Jenner is in “seventh heaven,” Jennifer Finney Boylan, a co-chair of GLAAD’s Board of Directors, told People. Boylan, who is a consultant on Jenner’s upcoming E! docu-series, said of the athlete-turned-reality star, “Imagine what it’s like to have a secret your whole life, then to unveil the secret in this very public way. It’s scary, but it’s also someone who is feeling jubilant.”

Boylan said she hopes Jenner’s show will satisfy curious minds in a way that responsibly educates the public on being transgender, but without a crossing a line. “It’ll be a challenge to be educational and to normalize the experience without going into every salacious detail. That’s the balance that has to be achieved,” she said, explaining, “There are a lot of things that people are curious about that are in fact none of their business, which is exactly the same as the sex lives of anybody, whether they’re straight or gay, cis or trans.”

As Gossip Cop reported, the two-night E! special, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce,” will air Sunday and Monday, featuring never-before-seen footage of Jenner telling his family about his transition. Jenner’s separate 8-part series will then air later this year, likely beginning in June. Do you think Jenner’s efforts will positively affect the way public views transgender people?

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