Mara Kiesling on Bruce Jenner and Why His Coming Out Means So Much to America

Mara Kiesling on Bruce Jenner and Why His Coming Out Means So Much to America

The founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality Mara Kiesling is a distinguished transgender person advocating for transgenders' rights and has many times appeared on major United States media outlets like MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and many more.

 

Kiesling said that she, like Bruce Jenner who revealed he was going through gender transition, underwent the process later in life. Another similarity is that both Jenner and Kiesling received the support they needed through the process and Kiesling said she is grateful for that.

 

However, what Jenner has and thousands of Americans don't is the privilege to tell the story to media and receive moral support from countless people. Many times it has happened that people going through gender transition were hurt the most by people who they thought were on their side.

 

Coming out, besides being difficult yet liberating, comes sometimes with big negative consequences, like losing your job. The fact is that transgender people's unemployment rate is twice as much as of the general public.

 

Furthermore, as many as 15 percent of transgenders live with less than USD 10,000 a year. For some of them, coming out sometimes results in being killed. There were seven murders of transgender people this year already. And, what is perhaps the most frightening fact, as many as  41 percent of transgender people have tried to commit suicide.

 

The point is, support is crucial in the delicate time of gender transition, and Bruce Jenner's extensive interview with Diane Sawyer will hopefully further sensitize America's growing understanding of why more and more people decide to reveal to the world who they actually are.  

 

 

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