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What I learned from Bruce Jenner


Some of you were aware that I was “live tweeting” Bruce Jenner’s interview. I’ll be honest – live tweets aren’t my thing.

I like interacting, but I can’t really multi-task, so I dropped out pretty quickly. It was a fun way to bond with my mother in law, who had no idea of what live tweeting was. We had good laughs about the setting up aspect of it. (I don’t think this works. Where’s this hashtag thing you’re talking about?)

Besides the obvious thing he addressed, there were a few things I took from it.

So far it seems like most of his children are being supportive. That is a huge deal. I don’t have transgender friends, but I do have homosexual friends, and the acceptance/support of family is the most important thing.

Most of the tweets were positive. As they should be! I mean, it took guts to stand in front of millions and open up your heart. And from what I could see most people were supportive of his decision. I mean, you don’t have to agree, or support it, honestly. But respect it.

Paparazzi are disgusting. I mean, how nasty do you have to be to get a photo? I don’t buy magazines for myself, but they are my guilty pleasure during lunch time at work. I’ll try to make a point to stop looking at them. Seeing how much they harassed him (and probably harass most celebrities) disgusted me.

I love how he took it. Diane was a bit weird/judging him at times. It’s nothing unexpected when you think of all the repercussion this has been having already. But at times it felt uncomfortable.

I’m glad he decided to live life as he always wanted to. It’s been eye opening just how long he’s struggled with himself for fear of disappointing people. And whether you agree with this or not, just look at the astounding numbers of people who are mistreated, harassed, hurt, and take their lives every year because of this issue. Is it fair to them?

I don’t see how this is anyone’s business but the person’s. I see your point of “I don’t want to share a bathroom with a guy” argument, but it’s probably as uncomfortable to him as it is to you. I don’t have kids so I can’t get too much into that, but I hope I’ll be able to tell my children the truth: some people are different. It’s ok. We welcome them all. It’s not our place to judge, but we should love all humans.

I know this became a rant, but I was really glad to watch it. It’s his journey, and even if he didn’t have to, he decided to invite us into it. I can appreciate that – because it led to us understanding more of it. And I can’t help but be secretly happy that the Kardashians didn’t really show up to steal the spotlight.

In his words: I will be open-minded and have an open heart. Not with Bruce Jenner, the celebrity, but with the community. Because the struggle they face every day, just by not being what they believe they are is enough for me to back off. I will not add to their injury. Again, whether you support it or not, I don’t think it’s our place to judge.

Did you watch it? What were your thoughts?


Author: Andrea T

Happily married to the sweetest guy, mother to a furry kitten, lover of all things shiny and sparkly. Quirky, girly and passionate about illustration and design.

6 thoughts on “What I learned from Bruce Jenner

  1. I did not watch it, but I think people’s arguments against other people’s life choices are so interesting. The most interesting thing to be about transgender awareness is that all of a sudden, because someone comes out or identifies as transgender the topic of their genitalia is suddenly an open book. When it comes to the transgender individuals in my life, I care as much about what’s going on in their pants as I care about what’s going on in the pants of my other friends, gay or straight, which is not at all. What do I care whether or not the woman peeing in the stall next to me was born with a vagina or a penis? Who cares? What does that have to do with my life or urinating experience at all? A transgender woman is much more likely to be attacked when being forced to use a men’s bathroom than do any attacking in a women’s bathroom, where they feel more comfortable, and other people’s safety should matter. Anyway, people react very strangely to things and people new, unfamiliar, or different. Our first human instincts seem to be condemnation and separation, which is a bummer.


    • That’s so true suzanne! I do interact with a lot of people who would be bothered by it. I honestly feel like they already have so much against them in life. Total different note, but my mom is an ob/gyn and she always told us how frequently she heard of patients who had a hard time coming out, and how difficult life is when you’re supposed to be someone you’re not. Truly it is not my place to judge. Bu tI agree with you. I have hope that one day society will learn to embrace the different instead of shun it.

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      • I think that cis gender individuals just cannot imagine what it would feel like to not be at home in your own body. It sounds awful though, like an awful burden to carry around. How freeing to finally be able to say, “I am not at home in my own body!” and to have the world respond it, “Okay! Let’s do something about that!” rather than quibbling about bathrooms. Anyway, it’s all tricky like all relationships but we should always err on the side of love and minding our own business.


  2. Love this. I think it was so courageous of him to share his story! I have faith in humans that as a whole, our viewpoints are changing. Fingers crossed.


  3. I have yet to watch the interview but I really want to. I’m glad his children are being supportive of him!


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