Bruce Jenner has had tabloid media speculating for months that he is transitioning from male to female, and will reportedly confirm the rumors soon, and even allow television viewers to follow him on his journey.
According to People, the Olympian-turned-reality star best known for “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is filming his transition for a docu-series that will air on E! “when he is ready to be open about his transition.”
“Bruce is transitioning to a woman,” a source close to the Kardashian family told People. “He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he’s doing. He’s in such a great space. That’s why it’s the perfect time to do something like this.”
A representative for E! told TheWrap that the network had no comment.
Jenner, 65, has been photographed with longer hair, painted finger nails, earrings and cosmetic make-up. People reports “his changes have been subtle,” in order to allow his family “the chance to slowly get used to his new looks and life.”
Jenner is divorced from Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, and father to reality star daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Children from two previous marriages include daughter Cassandra and sons Burt, Brandon, Brody. The latter rose to fame as a cast member of MTV series “The Hills.”
Kardashian sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney are Jenner’s stepdaughters.
“Bruce should tell his story his way,” Kim Kardashian West said during an “Entertainment Tonight” interview. “I think everyone goes through things in life, but I do think that that story and what Bruce is going through, I think he’ll share whenever the time is right.”
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."