If you didn’t know what the word “transgender” meant before 2015, chances are you are more than familiar with the word as we move into 2016 and that’s thanks to Caitlyn Jenner.
But before Caitlyn, there was Bruce Jenner, who was known for his Olympic gold medals, co-starring on “CHiPs” (he did!) or being the beleaguered Dad on the reality hit “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Turns out, Bruce had been living with something for a very long time – he knew deep down inside that he was really a woman.
Tabloid reports first made us aware that Bruce had been changing his appearance and it was even evident in some episodes of the Kardashian series but the world didn’t get confirmation until April when he sat down and explained it all to Diane Sawyer on “20/20.”
Like us, it seemed in the interview that even Bruce didn’t have all the answers but the one thing he did know is that interview would be the last time anyone saw Bruce Jenner. Shortly after the “20/20” interview, Vanity Fair released its cover story where Bruce proclaimed, “Call Me Caitlyn.” Jenner was photographed by acclaimed photographer Annie Liebovitz.
Following the Vanity Fair cover, Jenner kicked off her own reality series (also on E!), “I Am Cait,” which would be renewed for a second season, coming in 2016.
Here is the full interview with Sawyer from "20/20." Definitely one of the biggest news stories (and lessons) of 2015.
Also this year, Jenner appeared at the ESPY Awards in July and accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Here’s the video of his speech:
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