There is a lot of speculation and curiosity about the highly promoted interview between Diane Sawyer and Bruce Jenner that is running tonight on ABC. I am sure that after the interview there will be a lot of questions. Many Americans do not understand what a life-changing decision it is for a person to struggle with gender identity. The lack of understanding leads to confusion, paranoia, and discrimination. What I hope will come from the Jenner interview is a national dialog that will change the stigma surrounding transgender people in the United States.
Elliot Fukui, TransJustice Coordinator at the Audre Lorde Project, a community organization in New York City, spoke with CBS News recently about some of the common issues and misperceptions facing transgender people today. He says that it is important to support a person’s right to choose their identity, and he suggests a number of ways to do just that. Click here to read the CBS story and Fukui’s recommendations.
I just wrote last week in my blog about the great job that the media is doing bringing transgender characters and actors to television. It is evident that the diversification of today’s TV characters has certainly opened up plenty of discussions. Tonight Jenner will only add to the discussion, and that’s a good thing. I hope tomorrow to wake up and find the national dialog has exploded on this issue. It will only help people to understand gender identity and the need to embrace those who choose to make a change.
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