Posted by Jenny Krane
Have you heard that Bruce Jenner is transitioning into a woman? I’m sure you have. Everyone has. But the strange thing about this widespread knowledge is that nothing has been confirmed—Bruce hasn’t come out as a transgender and his family hasn’t confirmed his alleged sex change. So why do we all “know” this about legendary Olympian Bruce Jenner?
Much of the tabloid’s coverage of Bruce’s transition is based on appearance rather than fact. Tabloids have been predicting Bruce’s transition to a woman since he started going under the knife, getting facelifts and smoothing his prominent Adam’s apple, a masculine trait. Bruce has grown his hair out and gotten manicures.
Transgendered individuals go through a journey their entire lives to figure out who they are and to become comfortable in their own skin. Actually making a transition from one gender to another is a huge step, physically and mentally. For some transgendered individuals, it can take a long time to come out to family and friends.
The press has taken that step for Bruce Jenner—and taken control away from him. While the media has become more conscious of LGBTQ issues and has tried to be more respectful and accepting of LGBTQ individuals, they have “outed” Bruce Jenner.
If Bruce Jenner is transgendered, all of this coverage of his transition has been widespread before he was ready for it to be. It has been reported that Bruce Jenner will discuss his supposed transition with Diane Sawyer of ABC News sometime this May. Hopefully this segment will set Bruce’s story straight and tell it the way he wants to tell it, the way he should have been able to tell it—in his own words.