“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Bruce Jenner told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview of a special two-hour edition of ABC News’ “20/20.”
“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,” Bruce Jenner, 65, said. “That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.”
Bruce Jenner’s story is going to help people understand what it means to be transgender and inspire them to learn more about the challenges that face their transgender friends, co-workers, and family members. Being one of the famous celebrities who is not only known in America but the world at large, his decision to come out openly as transgender is going to change the face of transitioning forever .Looking at his past, At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, he won the gold medal in the decathlon, setting a world record of 8,616 points. Jenner was a successful race car driver in the IMSA Camel GT series (International Motor Sports Association) in the 1980s. His first victory came in the 1986 12 hours of Sebring in the IMSA GTO class driving the 7-Eleven Roush Racing Ford Mustang with co-driver Scott Pruett, not only winning their class but finishing 4th overall in the 12-hour endurance race. Jenner’s company, Bruce Jenner Aviation, sells aircraft supplies to executives and corporations. Jenner was the business development Vice President for a staffing industry software application known as JennerNet, which was based on Lotus Domino technology. Since late 2007, Jenner has starred in the E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians along with now EX-wife Kris Jenner.
LESSONS LEARNED FROM BRUCE’S STORY:
- Being Transgender is normal
In May 2013, medical professionals removed “Gender Identity Disorder” from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) — replacing it with “Gender Dysphoria”. They also changed the criteria for diagnosis.*
“Gender Dysphoria” is the term medical experts use to describe the distress a person may feel when their gender identity does not match the gender they were assigned at birth.
- Not all transgender people have Surgery
Being transgender is not about physical changes—it is about gender identity. For a transgender person, their gender identity does not align with their biological sex.
As Dr. Spack says, “For transgender people, their bodies below the brain do not define their gender status.”
Not all transgender people report experiencing gender dysphoria — the term that describes distress related to identifying with a gender different from the one assigned at birth. But for those who do, medical intervention can be a great relief.
There are various reasons some transgender people do not have surgery. For many, the cost is prohibitive. For others, having surgery is not the most important way for them to express their gender. As Dr. Olson says, “There are some people that are completely fine—by the way—with the genitals they have.”
- Anyone can be transgender
Looking at Bruce Jenner’s achievements we see that he has succeeded in macho activities although he has always considered himself a woman, he has been 1976 Summer Olympics champion.He is a successful business man who owns the Bruce Jenner Aviation which sells aircraft supplies to executives and corporations.Jenner has had a successful starring role in the E! reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians
There are famous transgender people in all walks of life. They are in business, Hollywood, Science, Art.
Audrey Mbuguwa a Kenyan Trans woman who is a botanical scientist.
Pepe Julian Onziema, Ugandan transgender man who is massively involved in human rights activism.
Themba Nkosi a South African Trans man who is a human rights activist and business man.
My country UGANDA its time to embrace our Trans brothers and sisters.its time to accept that Transgender people exist in our country and the societies we live in.
GLORIAH DHE ELLE
Freedom and roam Uganda.