“You know, with Bruce Jenner, people who are transitioning have such a hard time with all aspects,” Soloway said in a wide ranging interview for an upcoming issue of TheWrap’s Magazine.
“Speculation about trans people, other-izing them, looking at them and guessing isn’t what’s called for. Let them be. Let it be what it is,” Soloway said of Jenner’s highly anticipated sit-down with Diane Sawyer on Friday.
For Jenner, that will presumably be a reveal to Sawyer on “20/20” at the end of the week, the culmination of a long road to the truth after years of speculation over his evolving appearance.
Soloway is currently in the writers’ room for Season 2 of “Transparent,” which won Golden Globe awards for both Best Series Musical or Comedy and a Best Actor prize in that same category group for lead Jeffrey Tambor.
“I don’t think we should say, ‘Oh, you have to come out this way, or you have to come out this way.’ It’s not fair,'” Tambor said of Jenner last week while accepting the Point Foundation Courage Award in New York, according to media reports.
“I wish Jenner happiness and an authentic life,” Tambor concluded.
While details about the two-hour special are being kept under wraps, Jenner is seen in promos telling Sawyer, “my whole life has been getting me ready for this.”
He also touched on his family, which includes the press-friendly Kardashian family, saying “those are the only ones I’m concerned with. I can’t let myself hurt them.”
Diane Sawyers’s exclusive interview with Bruce Jenner will air as a special two-hour broadcast of “20/20” on Friday 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."