After months and months of speculation (and seemingly endless weeks of promotion), Bruce Jenner came out as a woman during his 2-hour sit down interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday night. During the broadcast, he admitted that he found it difficult to talk about his true identity as he didn’t want to hurt anyone, and admitted he briefly considered suicide but ultimately decided not to, as he wanted to see how his story would end.
For now, he’s asked people to continue using “he” pronouns (hence the reason I haven’t switched to she), but either way, I think this was a really brave and important thing for Bruce to have done. Here’s how he describes his experience:
God’s looking down, making little Bruce. He’s looking down and he says, “Okay, what are we going to do with this one?” Make him a smart kid, very determined, and he gave me all these wonderful qualities. And then at the end when he’s just finishing, he goes, “Wait a second, we gotta give him something. Everybody has stuff in their life that they have to deal with, what are we going to give him?” And God looks down and chuckles a bit and goes, “Hey let’s give him the soul of a female and let’s see how he deals with that.”
So here I am stuck, and I hate that word a girl stuck in a guy’s body. I hate that terminology. I’m me. I’m me. I’m a person. This is who I am. I’m not stuck in anybody’s body, it’s just who I am as a human being. My brain is much more female than it is male. It’s hard for people to understand that but that’s what my soul is.
I look at it this way. Bruce always telling a lie. He’s lived a lie his whole life about who he is. And I can’t do that any longer.
Good for him, and best of luck.