Bruce Jenner Comes Out as Transgender

After months of rumors and questionable tabloid covers, Bruce Jenner came out as transgender on ABC’s 20/20 Friday night, telling Diane Sawyer, “I’ve been thinking about this day forever.” Asked by Sawyer directly if he is a woman, Jenner replied, “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

Sawyer said Jenner requested the media preserve male pronouns for the time being.  

“My whole life has prepared me for this moment,” Jenner said, adding that he was apprehensive to come out because he didn’t want to “disappoint” people. Jenner, a ’70s-era Olympic gold medalist turned reality-star stepparent to the Kardashians, admirably shut down Sawyer’s suggestion that coming out may be a publicity ploy, and also made it clear his gender identity has nothing to do with his sexuality or marriages to women.  

Although the much-hyped interview aired over two hours, Jenner unexpectedly revealed his transition at the top of the show. Outward will have more on Jenner and the interview this weekend.

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