Bruce, please hold your head up high and never give up. You no longer need to hide. You no longer need to isolate. You have nothing left to fear. You have conquered more battles already than most could ever imagine in their wildest dreams.
If we maintain an interior life--a heart in which we can treasure things, shielded from public view--it gives us a place to figure things out. We can get used to the changes that keep coming at us.
Bruce stands on the shoulders of those before. His acceptance is only possible because of the courage of those who resisted at Stonewall, and the countless others who have rebelled against intolerance while simply attempting to be the people they felt themselves to be. They are our heroes and heroines.
An empty stomach and discouraged heart are hard to overcome. I urge my sisters and brothers who are hurting to see that, hopefully, the Jenner story is ultimately about raising you up where you stand this second, not about putting you down for what's in your purse or wallet.
By questioning and shattering the stories that have been imposed on each of us, we allow ourselves the opportunity to reassemble the fragments -- as Jenner has done -- into a mosaic of our own creation.
Bruce Jenner is a hero. He's now an outspoken voice that sends the message of, "You're not alone," and "It's OK to be who you truly are."
When you hide your thoughts, feelings, desires and dreams, you disconnect from who you were created to be. You separate from your truth. You separate from God. And in this separation, you suffer. Like Bruce, it's time to evolve and end the suffering.
The opportunity this presents for our community to simply tell our stories, have them be heard and, most importantly, to educate -- is what the real legacy of this moment is.
I hope that Bruce is happy now that he has shared his story with the world, but more importantly, I hope that people were inspired by his courage to be vulnerable. It's a skill that I've yet to master in my mid-twenties amongst peers with perfect Facebook relationships and flawless Insta-vacations.
I want to personally thank Bruce for his courage, his candor and his willingness to share his journey. At the very least, it will start a conversation. Please do not get caught up in the politics. Transgender people are no different than anyone else.
I commend Jenner for opening a much-needed area for discussion, and, hopefully acceptance for many. After all, Who says we can't all live together in harmony and enjoy life?
From one sentence I realized, it's not for me to understand something I can't naturally relate to, but I must be compassionate. No one owes anyone a detailed breakdown of their personal and private experiences (especially when it can be so hard to put into words). The message is: I don't feel like my true self.
Newsrooms are always looking for stories their audiences will find interesting, and the idea of a celebrity they have known for decades revealing they are transgender is attention-getting. Can it be told without resorting to sensationalism?
Her unconventional announcement video indicates that this time will be different. But with about 18 months to go before the 2016 elections, a loaded field of Republican candidates attacking her, and record amounts of campaign money being spent, this campaign will no doubt be most unconventional. And it is only just getting started!
There she was on Good Morning America. There I was sitting on my couch. Watching Diane Sawyer, head thrown back, apparently delighted with her guest, my arch-nemesis, provoked in me a feeling that can only be described in one word -- ENVY.
Gone are the days of Cronkite, Rather, Brokaw, Jennings, Sawyer, and now Williams. Mark your calendars: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, ended the era of the celebrity, legacy news anchor.