Bruce Jenner has yet to talk about his purported transition in the media, but his mother Esther took a moment to chat about the journey her son is on.
The 88-year old told the Associated Press that her 65-year-old son contacted her and said they needed to have a long talk.
“I want to be honest about my identity and I know this is coming out in the press,” she recalls her son telling her, adding, “I am at peace with what he is and what he’s doing.”
At the same time she described the news as a shock. “It’s hard to wrap your mind around it,” Esther admitted.
Bruce is a famous athlete who won the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. Of late, he has become more famous as the patriarch of the Kardashian family and their myriad television series. A new series is purportedly going to follow Bruce’s journey.
“I never thought I could be more proud of Bruce when he reached his goal in 1976, but I’m more proud of him now,” Esther told the AP. “It takes a lot of courage to do what he’s doing.”
11 Transgender Stars Weigh In on Trans Images in Entertainment (Exclusive)
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, GLAAD and TheWrap partner to bring you these takes on representations in TV and Film
Chaz Bono, Transgender advocate, writer and musician
1. What transgender story or character has been particularly meaningful or impactful to you?
"'Boys Don't Cry' was important to me. It was about a year after I saw that film that I started to question my own gender identity. It's a difficult movie to watch, but it was the first image of a transgender man I'd ever seen in the mainstream media. Even though the character wasn't perfect and there was a tragic ending, I could still identify with Brandon. Seeing that film helped me figure out that I was transgender."
2. What is a common stereotype or cliché in stories about transgender people that you never want to see again?
"I'm so tired of seeing TV shows and films where transgender people are either victimized or killers. And too often those characters that are supposed to be transgender don't look or act anything like actual transgender people. People in the entertainment industry who are writing, casting, directing, and acting transgender roles have a responsibility to do their research and make it more realistic."