As a writer, I am interested in the complexities of gender identity that this "coming out" exemplifies. I wonder, when writing about people, whether in fiction, creative nonfiction or memoirs, how the shifting notion of gender can inform our decisions.
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.
Last week, my tween son, who understands more about the world than I did in 1985 when I was 11, asked me what the "T" meant in LGBT. "Lesbian, gay, bisexual. What's the T?" Transgender was new territory.
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.
Moving can be traumatic. But last week, when the cast of a hit Broadway show had to relocate to its new home at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, literally next door, the mood was more merry than miserable.
In the early seventies I had the honor of dating Mike Nichols. In no way is my remembrance meant to take away from the love he had for the fascinating and the cherished Diane Sawyer who also has been kind to me, but I feel sharing a historic moment about him is important and, sadly so, newsworthy.
Cornelia Guest has been passionate about animals and nature since she was a child. Her passion is reflected in every aspect of her life including her ...