As some of you may know, Bruce Jenner* had an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer that aired on Friday, April 24. The impetus was primarily on Jenner’s journey/story of gender identity. There have been rumours for quite some time that Jenner identified as a woman but it wasn’t until recently that those rumours have been confirmed.
Although the public mostly knows Jenner from reality TV, she came to international attention when winning the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics hosted in Montreal. Since then, she has been in the public eye, as have her former spouse Kris Jenner and children for activities that are more popular culture than sociopolitical or sport.
Jenner’s kids have taken this as an opportunity to support their step/parent, posting messages of acceptance and affirmation, which is beyond refreshing – it’s revelatory and reflects changing attitudes about gender identity and transgender experience. Although the media, and Western cultures understanding and representation of transgender and genderqueer people is at 101 in a long, multi-layered conversation, this is undoubtedly a good and brave thing for Jenner to do.
*Language note, although Jenner has stated that the public can continue to use the gender pronoun most commonly associated with her, I have chosen to refer to her as she/her in this post as this is how she currently identifies.