Fascinating to read about Bruce Jenner’s transformation from male to female, having publicly come out as transsexual.
Some people may have stereotypes about transsexuals, thinking it is a choice, and/or that it is like being gay. But for those who feel they were born into the wrong gender, it is a very challenging experience.
Jenner falls well outside what some may see as the (false) stereotype – an effeminate man. Jenner won the decathlon gold medal in the 1976 Olympics. I recall that, and how he was seen by many as the most complete athlete of his era.
His 1976 gold medal set a world record of 8,616 points. The decathlon consists of 10 events – 100 metres sprint, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 metres sprint, 110 metres hurdle, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and then 1,500 metres race.
Jenner, who confirmed he identifies as a conservative Christian republican, told Sawyer he “always wanted to be a woman who kicked butt” but would like to be considered “asexual”. The thrice married athlete also pointed out the differences between sexual desire and gender saying he’s never “been with a man”.
Two things worth reflecting on. He doesn’t have much choice as to his gender identity, but he does have a choice with faith. Also being transsexual doesn’t mean he is gay and is attracted to men.