In what must be one of the most highly-anticipated interviews in television history, ABC’s Diane Sawyer asked former Olympics champ-turned-reality TV star Bruce Jenner if he’s a woman and, ending many months of speculation, the answer came back, “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”
ABC revealed little about the contents of the interview ahead of its 9 pm ET broadcast. However, numerous East coast-based websites and bloggers are live-blogging their commentaries of the two-hour special edition of 20/20, titled Bruce Jenner: The Interview, which was taped in February at Jenner’s house in Malibu. (Queerty headquarters are on the West coast so we will have a more comprehensive report later.)
Sawyer began the interview by asking, “Are you ready?”
Jenner, 65, with tears in his eyes, responded that he was.
“Diane, Let’s do it,” he said. “It’s going to be tough. I’ve been thinking about this day forever and what I should do with my life. How do I tell my story? How do I tell people what I’ve been through, and that day is today. I need the tissues — it’s gonna be kinda tough, but today’s the day.”
Jenner then told Sawyer that he has always been confused with my gender identity.
In a clip from the interview (below) Jenner makes it clear to Sawyer that he is not gay and has never had sex with a man.
— Christina Lopez (@RealChristinaL) April 25, 2015
Jenner silenced cynics who think that, as part of the press-hungry Kardashian clan (last year Jenner divorced his third wife, Kris, mother of the family), that this might be a publicity stunt. ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos
In another surprising announcement, Jenner revealed that he’s Republican. “Is that bad?” he asked Sawyer.
It was also made known that E! will chronicle Jenner’s transition in a docu-series that will begin broadcasting this summer.
Jenner’s announcement has made him [Jenner told Sawyer that he prefers using the masculine pronouns] perhaps the highest-profile person to publicly come out as transgender. He also informed Sawyer that he has been undergoing hormone therapy for a year and a half but has not made yet up his mind about reassignment surgery.
Media watchdog org GLAAD immediately issued a statement that read in part:
“Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny. Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world.”
Earlier today Jenner’s son Brandon shared his support via Instagram and this adorable childhood pic.
Proud son. A photo posted by Brandon Jenner (@brandontjenner) on
A number of celebs began took to social media to commend Jenner’s bravery.
We have the chance to write this moment in history together. Let’s empower people like Bruce all over the world by being loving & not mean.???? — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 24, 2015