Bruce Jenner: Sexual Orientation Separate from Gender Identity
Bruce Jenner, a gold medalist in the 1976 Olympics and TV personality, has recently come out saying he identifies as a female and will begin his transition to become a women. His story has been everywhere, especially after his recent interview with Diane Sawyer.
I have always thought Bruce Jenner to be an incredible person, and this seals the deal for me. I find it fascinating that someone who once was the epitome of masculinity and considered by many to be ‘The World’s Greatest Athlete’ is coming out as a trans women.
In Bruce’s interview with Diane, he states that sexual orientation and sexual identity are separate, which is why he always has been and remains attracted to women. In a society that is generally uneducated and misinformed about sexuality, this sparks an interesting discussion about the difference between these two aspects of human nature. I think we have struggled to identify sexual orientation and gender identity as independent of each other, and it’s clear we still have a lot to learn about ourselves as sexual beings. I commend Bruce, and it’s important we continue to note figures who ignite a change in the way we understand ourselves and the people around us.
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