There is no lack of significance surrounding Diane Sawyer’s two-hour interview special with Bruce Jenner.
Sources close to Jenner and the production told TMZ that the ABC News conversation will be “a farewell to Bruce” in the Kardashian family patriarch’s eyes. The 1976 gold medalist prepared for this discussion as though it was the “most significant event” associated with his transition, including the requisite surgeries.
“He will ‘present himself’ as a woman publicly for the first time,” the celebrity news site said. However, Jenner will not reveal his new name or dress like a woman on-camera.
“Bruce will chronicle his life from age 5, where he identified as a woman,” TMZ wrote on Wednesday.
“Jenner — who did numerous interviews for the special over a period of time — talks about the difficulties he’s had in life living as a man but not feeling like one,” the online magazine stated. “He also spends significant time talking about the impact his decision to have a sex change has had on his family.”
A standout moment in the coming April 24 “20/20” is when Jenner discusses what sources described to the gossip site as “mundane things” — day-to-day changes — that will arise as a result of his new life.
“Bruce Jenner – The Interview” airs April 24 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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."