Former Olympian-turned-Reality TV Personality Bruce Jenner has been in contact with Transgender Actress Laverne Cox for help and advice about his decision to transition from a man to a woman.
Jenner went public with his much-speculated transition during a candid interview with U.S. newswoman Diane Sawyer on Friday (24Apr15), and during the TV chat he admitted he has always identified more as a female.
He has since started hormone therapy again, after previously taking the estrogen medication for five years back in the 1980s, and he has reached out to Cox to learn more about what to expect from his journey as he embarks on his new life as a woman.
He is also keen to follow her lead and do more advocacy work to raise awareness and help others in similar positions, stating, “I would like to work with this community to get this message out,” but he insists: “They know a lot more than I know… I am not a spokesman for the community.”
He adds, “The suicide rates, murder rates, difficulty – especially for black female transwomen… – I would like to think that we can save some lives here.”
And Jenner, who has no current plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery, is convinced his new role as an outspoken transgender activist is all part of God’s plan.
He explains, “When I would sit in church, I would always wonder, in God’s eyes, how does He see me? I have this feeling and a kind of a revelation that maybe this is my cause in life, this is why God put me on this Earth, to deal with this issue. And that was a very powerful moment. It certainly gave me an awful lot of courage.”
Jenner continues, “We’re going to make a difference in the world with what we’re doing. And if the whole Kardashian show and reality television gave me that foothold into that world – to be able to go out there and really do something good, I’m all for it. I got no problem with that.”