I watched with the nearly 17 Million viewers as Bruce Jenner told the world he was transitioning from a man to a woman. I don’t understand but it is not for me to understand because this isn’t about us, this is about former Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner doing what makes him happy. “For all intents and purposes I am a woman,” Jenner said. “People look at me differently. They see you as this macho male, but my heart and soul and everything I do in this life, it is part of me. That female side is part of me. That’s who I am.” I respect the fact that Bruce at the age of 65 is doing what makes him happy.
William Bruce Jenner who is most recently known as a reality star on Keeping Up With The Kardasians, is known as 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist in the decathlon for a older generation. Bruce Jenner was a premier athlete to most, but in his own words he was “A confused person at that time. Running away from my life. Running away from who I was,” adding that he was “scared to death.” I can’t imagine what he must have been feeling while the world was watching, he was being someone else.
Listening to Bruce Jenner speak I couldn’t help but wonder how many other athletes are going through this same struggle. Living a life that many people don’t know or care to understand. This made me think, what would happen when the 1st Professional Athlete came out transgender while on a team. Would the organization support them? What about their teammates? How would this situation play out in the locker room? I am not sure, but I do know that before to long we will have our answer because somebody WILL be the first. This is uncharted territory not only for professional sports but society as well. I hope we all have a open mind and understanding on both sides. Because it’s gonna take some getting use to.