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Bruce Jenner: "I am a woman"

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According to CNN:

"Yes, for all intents and purposes, I'm a woman," Jenner told Diane Sawyer in an interview televised on ABC on Friday night.


Jenner said he has the "soul of a female." He told Sawyer "my brain is much more female than it is male" even though he has all the "male parts." When he closes his eyes and dreams, he is a woman.

Jenner's in-depth discussion of being transgender was immediately heralded as a historic moment for societal understanding of gender identity and gender expression.

Advocates for the transgender community -- some of whom had prepared weeks ahead of time for Friday's special -- thanked Jenner for raising awareness.

"Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender," GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

She said Jenner's story "will impact and inspire countless people around the world."

On social networking sites, viewers called the ABC program riveting, if not necessarily surprising, and called Jenner brave.

Speculation about Jenner in the entertainment media had made Friday's comments widely expected.

Speaking of himself in the third person, the 65-year-old Jenner told Sawyer: "Bruce Jenner has always been confused with my gender identity."

"I'm me. ... I'm a person. I'm not stuck in anybody's body."

Jenner then loosened his hair, pulling it out of a pony tail.

As far as sexuality is concerned, Jenner told Sawyer that he's not gay.

"I've never been with a guy," Jenner said. "There's two different things here. Sexuality is who you are personally attracted to. .... But gender identity is who you are in your soul."


The interview addressed Jenner's role on the massively popular E! reality show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," the show built around the blended Kardashian-Jenner family.

Jenner said that the real story on the show was within him.

"I had the story," Jenner said. "We've done 420 episodes, I think, and the entire run I kept thinking to myself ... the one real true story in the family was the one I was hiding."

"The one thing that could really make a difference in people's lives was in my soul, and I couldn't say anything," Jenner continued.

During the special, Sawyer said that ABC sought comment from Jenner's third wife, Kris Jenner, but that Kris declined. The couple recently divorced.

Kris seemingly denied this in a tweet to Perez Hilton: "No one asked me to comment .... and I'm sitting with Bruce now watching this show so let's keep it real..."

An ABC News spokesman responded: "ABC sent an email to her publicity team more than once. They called and said no comment."

ABC worked to stoke interest in the interview. It had revealed little about its contents ahead of its air time. The special was called "Bruce Jenner: The Interview" -- a title that gave nothing away. In short preview clips, Jenner has said things like "My whole life has been getting me ready for this."

The interview sessions with Jenner were taped in February. Within ABC, they were tightly guarded: For example, the small group of staffers who worked on the special were not allowed to take scripts home for the evening.
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