Bruce Jenner has come out as transgender

“The 65-year-old made the revelation during a special with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “20/20” Friday night.

“I’m me. I’m a person. This is who I am. I’m not stuck in anybody’s body. My brain is much more female than male,” Jenner said. “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman. People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul and everything that I do in life it is part of me, that female side is part of me. That’s who I am. I was not genetically born that way. … As of now I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff so in a lot of ways we’re different, but we still identify as female. And that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner today. Why? I don’t want to disappoint people.”

Jennfer said he is sexually attracted to women. He was careful to emphasize the difference between gender and sexuality. As a child, he dressed in women’s clothing. He also revealed that he has gone out in public dressed as a woman for years.

“It was that important to you that you’d take that kind of risk?” Sawyer asked.

“Absolutely,” he replied.

Jenner said being on a show like “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” is not a hindrance; It gives him a platform to be able to have real impact.

“We’re going to change the world,” he told Sawyer. “I really firmly believe that we’re going to make a difference in the world.”

Support came in almost instantly.

“Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny. Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world.”

Note: Though Jenner has come out as “for all intents and purposes a woman,” he has not yet indicated that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, so this story uses male pronouns.”

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Update: for anyone freaking out about the name and pronouns, per the note above and the tweet below, the usage is Jenner’s request, please calm down. When Jenner announces a preferred name and pronouns, we’ll use them!

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Laverne Cox and her mother on stage at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards.

Laverne was honored with this year's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an openly LGBT member of the entertainment or media community for his or her work toward eliminating discrimination against the LGBT community. Previous winners include Ellen DeGeneres, Chaz Bono and Wanda Sykes.

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Many of you know that I officially came out on Valentine’s Day. One of the best things about it was the way it enabled me to publicly show support for the people who inspire me and give me courage, and I’m here to do just that tonight for one of my heroes, Laverne Cox.”

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Laverne Cox’s mother, Gloria, on her advice for parents of LGBTQ children.

When asked what it has been like for her, Gloria responded, “Understanding, and praying, and talking, and continuing to talk. And, most of all, love.”

As for her advice to parents of LGBTQ children, Gloria said, “Listen. Listen to your children, take note of actions, and talk. Open dialogue…that’s the most important thing.”

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