Former Olympian and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” patriarch Bruce Jenner confirmed Friday night what many had speculated for many months, that he was transitioning from male to female.
In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, he said, "Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman."
Jenner’s admission comes at a time when the transgender community has seen an increase in media visibility: “Orange Is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox poses nude in Allure’s May issue; Amazon’s “Transparent,” which chronicles how a family deals with a transitioning parent, won a Golden Globe; and “Glee” introduced a transgender story line for one of its characters in the series’ final season.
But the transgender experience is still one rife with discrimination and violence as evidenced by the seven murders of trans women in just the first two months of 2015.
In a Los Angeles Times live chat Monday at 12 p.m. PDT, transgender activists Drian Juarez and Jazzmun Nichcala will join us to discuss the Jenner interview and transgender-related issues.
Juarez is program manager of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Transgender Economic Empowerment Project while Nichcala is an actress and performer who produced the documentary “In Full Bloom: Transcending Gender."
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