Bruce Jenner's mom, Esther Jenner, recently confirmed what was only initially "confirmed" by unknown sources.
It is estimated that 700,000, about 0.3 percent, of U.S. adults are transgender.
According to GLAAD:
An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth...Some undergo surgery as well. But not all transgender people can or will take those steps, and a transgender identity is not dependent upon medical procedures.
Altering one's birth sex is not a one-step procedure; it is a complex process that occurs over a long period of time. Transition includes some or all of the following personal, medical, and legal steps: telling one's family, friends, and co-workers; using a different name and new pronouns; dressing differently; changing one's name and/or sex on legal documents; hormone therapy; and possibly (though not always) one or more types of surgery. The exact steps involved in transition vary from person to person. Avoid the phrase "sex change."
Konnor T. Crewe wrote a piece on gendercentre.org explaining his transition at 46.
"The internet has improved visibility for transgender people, as well as our ability to network with people who are trans and get support. The internet has also changed the way the public sees transgender people."
"Many of us over thirty or forty years old did not have the same freedom and information about transitioning as the teen and twenty-something trans people who are transitioning today."
In the 1976 Olympics he won the gold medal in the decathlon.
"An athlete of Bruce Jenner's stature becoming a transgender will send a very bad message to the kids of America. Kids will have another sports hero who is confused and the saga will be broadcast throughout the world. Pray for Bruce Jenner and against television networks for promoting sin." -Steve McConkey
Some Christian Conservatives have criticized his decision which is another indicator of the ignorance that has led to such a high suicide rate within the transgender community.
Forty-one percent of transgender people surveyed in Injustice at Every Turn said they had attempted suicide, compared with 1.6 percent of the general population, according to a piece in the Washington Post.
From TransLate blog:
"I suppose it's not easy realizing you're just not right–in your body, your head, your biochemistry, your socialization–at any time, young or old. And it's certainly not easy to begin taking steps to fix this problem at any age. But it seems to me (and the literature seems to make this division, as well) that there are those who act on this realization very early (as kids or in their early 20's) and there are those who act on it much later, usually after relationships, jobs, and other fixtures of permanence."