Bruce Jenner: A New Face for the LGBTQ Community

by Ashley MacDonald
Class of 2015

Everyone has heard about Bruce Jenner’s gender transition. It has been all over social medias such as Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube. He even sat down for an interview with Diana Sawyer, explaining things such as his decision to do so and how his family has reacted.

Many people are making jokes about Jenner, such as Conan O’Brien, but his family is completely supportive. His family has tweeted their support for him – Kendall Jenner tweeted “I love you” and “so very proud of you, my hero” during his interview. The support does not stop there – celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus expressed how brave that the thought Bruce was.

What does this support mean for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community? It could mean a huge success. A lot of the time, people who are afraid to tell their friends or family about their differences are afraid because they feel like they are alone in their situation. If people see that someone who won the Decathlon in 1976, was named the best athlete in the world, and was the symbol of manliness was able to admit that he was transgender, they might be confident to do the same.

It is important to note that some people in the LGBTQ community fear that Bruce Jenner may be bringing bad publicity to their group.

Personally, I think that Jenner is truly brave for doing what he did. He not only opened himself up to his family and his friends – he showed the whole world who he was truly meant to be. His family is always in the spotlight, such as Kylie Jenner and her lips or Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, but now the spotlight is once again for Bruce.

Ashley MacDonald is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition