On Friday, January 30, People.com published a report that Bruce Jenner was transitioning into a woman.
PerezHilton.com picked up that story, and has posted several notable updates from our own and other reliable sources.
Bruce has yet to speak publicly about the transition, and may not speak before a planned April sit-down interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. However, we pledge to update Bruce's story as warranted with sensitivity and respect.
We've gotten a lot of feedback from our readers, and have prepared this FAQ to answer your questions about our coverage:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why are you covering Bruce's transition?
Bruce is a major figure in sports and pop culture and arguably the most famous person to change genders. The reality TV star is documenting the transition in a TV special. Bruce's journey will also be a storyline in the upcoming season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Bruce's story will be a public one.
Transgender issues have historically been underrepresented in the media. Bruce's story, along with those depicted in popular programs like Orange Is The New Black and Transparent, continue to raise awareness to the transgender community and the issues its members face. We want to continue telling those stories.
2. Are you referring to Bruce as "he" or "she"?
We are reporting on Bruce's journey using the GLAAD Media Guide For Transgender Issues.
Per the guide, we would normally use the pronoun Bruce prefers. But because Bruce has yet to comment publicly about which pronoun is preferred, we have been using the pronoun appropriate with Bruce's most recent appearance, which is consistent with the male gender.
In our most recent coverage, including this FAQ, we have chosen to avoid using gendered pronouns altogether.
3. Is Bruce straight or gay?
We have not and will not comment on Bruce's sexual orientation until or unless Bruce does.
Bruce has been in heterosexual relationships with women and has six biological children. As GLAAD states, gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same. Transgender individuals may be straight, gay or bisexual.
4. Has Bruce had a "sex change"?
Sources have revealed Bruce has undergone some procedures, but not specified which ones.
Cosmetically, Bruce's gender expression has begun transitioning towards female. However, we do not know if or even when Bruce will undergo gender reassignment surgery. That is for Bruce to disclose.
5. Where can we learn more about transgender issues?
GLAAD has an excellent primer on how to approach and discuss transgender issues. You can read GLAAD's Transgender 101 FAQ here.
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