Last night I stayed up way past my new-mom bedtime to watch Diane Sawyer's interview with Bruce Jenner. I'll admit that I watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians when it first aired and there was something tragic about Bruce. At first, I thought it was his reservations about doing a reality show. Now I know that he was struggling with coming out as transgendered.
His sincerity and pain were unquestionable. And his strength - he took his struggle and channeled it into Olympic gold. Amazing. But being the top athlete in the world, having the perfect chiseled physique didn't change that he was a woman "in his soul". He's waited 65 years to transition. I can't imagine what that must feel like, living your whole life denying your true self. Bruce said exactly what I've heard ever trans person say when explaining their decision to transition: that they couldn't live a lie anymore.
So maybe reality television, Kardashian mania, and the dumbing down of America will serve some greater purpose. I think America needs a transitioning Olympian to better understand gender identity issues. Hopefully, Bruce has initiated the dialogue that needs to happen. I'm looking forward to meeting "her".
Strict gender roles oppress us all: cisgendered and transgendered. It's all part of the same slippery slope of prejudice. If you can deny gay people housing, if you can fire trans people, if you can pay women less for the same work without any legal repercussions it sends a message that it's ok to discriminate and commit violence against members of our community.
F*ck Olympic gold. This is going to be Bruce Jenner's greatest moment, his true legacy.