In a groundbreaking interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner publicly talked about being a transgender woman.
“There is nothing more important to human dignity than being able to live an authentic life. This is a central aspiration of the struggle for LGBT liberation,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell. “We congratulate Jenner’s quest to realize that goal. However, while this is a cultural milestone, the real-life experience of transgender people in this country is too often a denial of safety and fundamental dignity.”
During the interview, Jenner told Sawyer, “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman. I have the soul of a female, and my brain in much more female than it is male. As of now, I have all the male parts.”
NCLR Sports Project Director Helen Carroll added: “The courageous action Jenner has taken as a sports role model will inspire and strengthen transgender athletes around the world. Jenner’s bravery will inspire our transgender youth to shoot for the gold in all levels of sport.”