‘About Bruce’ shows how transitioning impacts family

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Kardashian family reacts to Bruce Jenner’s transition.

once jokingly worried that stepdad may steal her glam squad, but as it turns out, the former Olympian is doing just fine on his own in the style and beauty department. One day after the Kardashian/Jenner clan accused Bruce Jenner of keeping his transitioning to a woman a secret, psychologists say they’re not surprised the Olympian champion feared raising the topic.Footage showing how Kim Kardashian and her family are dealing with Bruce Jenner’s transition from male to female aired during a special episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on Sunday night. In a new interview with Access Hollywood airing Monday, May 18, Kardashian reveals that she’s seen Jenner, 65, in women’s clothing. “It was amazing and she looked beautiful, really beautiful,” Kanye West’s wife, 34, told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. “She was dressed up, beautiful makeup, beautiful hair, very, very beautiful and very comfortable.” Though some of his daughters were surprised to learn how far along Jenner is in his transition — including Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner — his dabbling in clothes and makeup is less of a revelation. Just as there’s no road map for navigating the journey of transitioning, there’s certainly not a how-to manual for telling your family and friends. “It really depends on family dynamic, the circumstances of someone’s life, your religion, or the place you live and what’s at stake,” she adds.

Jenner, a former Olympic athlete, revealed to Diane Sawyer, “for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman” during an interview last month, and now a two-part special of the reality series, titled “About Bruce,” has shown how his family is coping with the news. The episodes, filmed in January, feature Kardashian’s sisters Khloe and Kourtney, mother Kris and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie as they get emotional discussing his transition, with many of them feeling he was dishonest about it. About 40% of homeless youth nationwide identifies as lesbian/gay/bisexual/transitioning/questioning, according to Lost-n-Found, which helps homeless youths. “It was something that was more of an evolution over time,” says Brown, now 36. “My parents said something like, ‘No matter what we call you, you’ll always be our kid.’” Older people tend to reveal their struggle later, out of fear of losing their family and even their jobs. Khloe has the hardest time accepting the situation, especially when Jenner reveals he hopes to finish his transition “in the spring and underwent cosmetic surgeries on his nose and upper lip in secret.

The 30-year-old even purchased him the same white heels she has so the two could match. “I don’t know her taste yet so I’m trying to figure it out,” Khloe said. Jenner, 65, is in that camp, saying he was “afraid” to talk about the subject with his daughters. “They’re terrified that they’re going to lose support and love from their family,” says Warren. “They fear they won’t be accepted and are afraid that they’ll be rejected, especially if they’re in a heterosexual relationship.” When family or friends are receiving the news that a loved one is changing genders, it’s important to understand that the journey is not an overnight process. She says, “We were never told that he was going to fully transition and become a woman,” and tells her stepfather, “So Bruce is going to be gone within the next 4-5 months?… I don’t think it’s fair that you don’t tell us how close this is in the near future.

A national survey by the Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, revealed that 22% of likely voters surveyed said they personally know or work with a transgender person, up from 17% in a similar poll last year. I’m not going anywhere.” Kim, who has reportedly been the most accepting of the news, tells Bruce in a later scene, “I think what hurts is when we hear things are changing and happening and we don’t know about it. We just want to be in the loop.” His ex-wife Kris confesses to the camera, “It’s hard for me to just really believe it’s happening… I don’t know how to handle this. I committed to this life and I think that he just backed out… I have memories of this life, and sometimes I feel like it didn’t exist.” Kim tweeted along with the episode and wrote, “Watching this back & reliving this is harder than I imagined!

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