Bruce Jenner Spurs Transgender Speculation after His Divorce
Bruce Jenner split from his wife, Kris, last year after 13 years of marriage and two children together. On the surface, it looked like any other celebrity divorce. Jenner had been married twice before, and Kris's previous marriage to Robert Kardashian produced a generation of reality TV stars. Now, according to gossip sites, it looks like there might be something else going on.
According to The Washington Post, the sites are speculating that changes such as long hair, a diamond earring, a French manicure and possibly even some make-up mean that Jenner is on the verge of coming out as transgender. The buzz is that he'll do this very publicly and that the Kardashian clan is standing behind him. Kim Kardashian told Entertainment Tonight, "I think Bruce should tell his story his way...(he) is very happy, the happiest I’ve ever seen him. And he’s, you know, our dad, so we support him no matter what."
While gender dysphoria is recognized as a formal diagnosis, it's also becoming increasingly accepted by society, thanks in large part to Hollywood. Some notable celebs who identify as transgender include Isis King, "America's Next Top Model's" first transgender contestant; Chaz Bono, son of Cher and Sonny Bono; and Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black" fame.
While it's impossible to know all of the reasons for the Jenners' split at this point—and whether or not gender dysphoria played a part—Kim is making it known that Jenner's family his behind him no matter what. And, as studies show, familial support plays a major role in the well-being and mental health of those who identify as transgender, especially for LGBT youth. If a family member or friend needs to discuss his or her gender identity issues, websites like PFLAG are a great place to start. Additionally, if you're the partner of a spouse who is grappling with gender dysphoria, sites like StraightSpouse.org can help you learn ways to show support, answer questions about sexuality and gender identity, and offer further resources that may be of use.