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Bruce Jenner Called Brave, Inspirational by Transgender Equality Leaders

Bruce Jenner’s decision to speak candidly and come out as transgender during his interview with Diane Sawyer on “20/20” has been well-received by transgender equality advocates.

“In one of the most profound displays of bravery and courage I’ve seen, Bruce Jenner has finally stepped out into the world for real,” said National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling. “Stories like Jenner’s help change the narrative about who transgender people are. Millions of Americans now have a bridge to understanding the truth behind the struggles of being transgender in 2015 America. To Jenner, welcome. To Jenner’s family, thank you for your touching and compassionate support. And to America, let’s all push past this trans tipping point together and change the world. We extend our deepest thanks and welcome to him.”

Keisling went on to cheer “20/20” for broadcasting the interview, saying, “The ABC News 20/20 team should also be applauded for their touching profile of Jenner. This is what responsible reporting on transgender lives looks like— thorough while kind, deep yet patient.”

LGBT-focused organization GLAAD also celebrated the event.

“Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender,” GLAAD president & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny. Though Jenner’s journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world.”

The interview comes weeks after GLAAD released a study showing that there were no transgender characters in films in 2014. That is not the case for television, which is seeing a boom in transgender life stories.

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