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Bruce Jenner's very public transition

To the editor: It's encouraging to read that Bruce Jenner's widely watched interview Friday night may raise national awareness and acceptance of transgender persons. ("Transgender community, allies see Jenner interview in positive light," April 25)

However, one sentence of your report relates widespread concerns about how Jenner's coming-out might be viewed as a publicity stunt: "Jenner disclosed that a docu-series chronicling his life as a transgender woman will premiere on E! on July 26."

Meanwhile, Jenner seems set on keeping the viewing public in suspense; he hasn't revealed the date by which he intends to complete his gender transition, nor the female name he will take.

Time will tell whether Jenner wants more to cash in on his high-profile transition or, as he professes, "to shed light on more marginalized corners of the transgender community." One would hope that education trumps titillation in his endeavors.

Sandra Perez, Santa Maria

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To the editor: Most people will acknowledge that we human beings can only truly understand that which we have experienced. Professed Christians believe God's admonition that "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).

We cannot understand the agony of the struggle Jenner has lived with throughout his life. Our only job is to be understanding. No man asks to be born a woman. No one seeks to be gay. The best we can do is to assume that God has a reason for our lives and an important task for us to perform.

Jenner is performing a courageous, life-affirming task for all of us who need the strength to fully live lives that have been made incomprehensively difficult. He has my respect and appreciation.

Jim Krause, Los Angeles

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To the editor: Believe it or not, there are many of us who feel that Jenner's business is Jenner's business and nobody else's. What's more, we don't care. Enough already.

Scott Hughes, Westlake Village

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