Former Olympian and reality television star Bruce Jenner, 65, once hailed as “the world’s greatest athlete,” has revealed to ABC’s Diane Sawyer that he, for all intents and purposes, is “a woman” in a special airing of “20/20,” according to ABC News on Friday. Jenner described to Sawyer how as a child he used to sneak into his mother’s closet and try on one particular dress. He also described how he “marked the closet” to be sure that he put the dress back right where he found it each time. Jenner also explained how he would cross dress in his hotel rooms while on road trips. Jenner said that such experiences allowed him to express himself and to capture his innermost feelings.
Jenner still allows his 10 children to call him “Dad.” Jenner’s six biological children include: Burt, Cassandra, Brandon, Brody, Kendall, and Kylie. His four step children include: Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian. Jenner revealed that he kept his gender identity struggle a secret from his children until recently; although his ex-wives and sister were aware of it and kept his secret for years.
At least one of Jenner’s children still is vey proud of him despite the revelations of his gender identity. Brandon Jenner described how proud he would be when people asked him if his father was an Olympic star athlete. When asked how he feels about his father now, Brandon stated:
“I’m just honored and more proud than ever to be a part of the family.”
Jenner is not ready to reveal the female name that he has selected for himself. However, he promised that the name will not begin with the letter “K” (referring to five of his 10 children whose names begin with a “K”). Jenner did, however, reveal one fact about his female self:
“She’s definitely a Jenner.”
Contrary to common belief, cross dressing has little or nothing to do with one’s sexuality. People of all sexual persuasions, including heterosexuals, can be cross-dressers. Cross-dressing is more of an expression of who the person is inside and suppressed emotions and has little to do with one’s sexuality.
Jenner likened his struggle to a race against time. He described the horror of acquiring a terminal disease like cancer and dying before he gets a chance to explore the female side of himself:
“If I die, which, I could be diagnosed next week with cancer — and boom you’re gone. I would be so mad at myself that I didn’t explore that side of me. You know? And I don’t want that to happen.”
Bruce Jenner won a gold medal in the Decathlon in 1976. He grew up the son of a tree surgeon. Jenner’s younger brother, Burt, was killed in an auto crash in Connecticut shortly after Jenner’s Decathlon win. Jenner was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child.