Jenner transgender move praised
Published 25/04/2015 | 14:06
Kardashians' reality TV star Bruce Jenner has been praised for his "bravery" in revealing that he is transgender.
The Olympic gold-medallist announced that he had lived most of his life feeling that he was woman, but that he did not want to keep it a secret any longer.
After the revelation, he was commended by equal rights activists for his courage.
Leading LGBT spokesman Peter Tatchell, founder of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said: "It is awesome, brave and inspiring that such a high-profile, top-class former athlete and TV reality star has come out as transgender.
"It will give hope and confidence to the many people who are struggling with their gender identity.
"The love and acceptance shown by Bruce's ex-wives and his children is a model of how families should treat transgender parents, siblings and children."
In the interview with Diane Sawyer, for America's ABC network, Jenner declined to reveal what name he would adopt after his transition, but spoke candidly about his story.
Asked if he is a woman, the decathlete replied: "Yes. For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.
"People look at me differently, they see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life, it is part of me. That is who I am."
He added that although he was not genetically born a woman, he had always identified as one.
"That is very difficult for Bruce Jenner to say. Why? I don't want to disappoint people," he said.
The 65-year-old also strongly dismissed claims that his transition was a publicity stunt.
He added: "What I am doing is going to change the world. I really firmly believe that we are going to make some difference in the world with what we are doing.
"If the whole Kardashian show and reality television gave me that foothold into that world - to be able to go out there and really do something good - I'm all for it. I got no problem with that."
The Olympian revealed that he had been terrified of telling his children - the two daughters he had with Kris Kardashian, her four children from a previous marriage, and his four children, also from a previous marriage - because he did not want to hurt them.
But he said that he ultimately believed that he was going to be "okay".
The emotional interview sparked an outpouring of support on the internet, not least from his children.
Kim Kardashian tweeted: "Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #proudDaughter"
Kourtney posted: "Couldn't be a more proud daughter. With courage and bravery, let's change the world. I am honoured to stand by Bruce's side and support him."
Kylie used two messages to say: "Understandingly, this has been very hard for me. You will hear what I have to say when I'm ready to but ... this isn't about me. I'm so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful Hero."
Kendall simply posted "I love you" and "so very proud of you, my hero".
British singer Sam Smith also took to Twitter, writing: "Absolutely flawed at how courageous and brave Bruce Jenner is. So inspiring and so powerful. Shame on anyone who dare judge x".