In all honesty, I've never watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It's just not my cup of tea. But in the world of entertainment journalism, details about the Kardashian clan's life cannot be avoided. And, yes, the judgement was definitely there.
While tonight served, most importantly, as a triumph for the LGBT community, it also did a lot to humanize the Kardashian/Jenner clan. I suddenly found myself sympathizing and supporting them in a way I never thought I would.
And, yes, I'll admit it: respecting them.
Because the way they are speaking out on behalf of Bruce Jenner can't be described as anything less than beautiful.
Proud son. https://t.co/n4BGMx5ubq— Brandon Jenner (@sprandoni) April 24, 2015
Brody Jenner told Diane Sawyer that when he found out, it was a big realization that made so much sense.
Even Kanye West helped his wife Kim Kardashian through the news by providing perspective (yay, Kanye!). According to 20/20, West said he had the "most beautiful" wife in the world and the "most beautiful" daughter but "I'm nothing if I can't be me, if I can't be true to myself."
Of course, it hasn't been an easy road for the family. Kylie spoke candidly about it on Twitter.
Understandingly, this has been very hard for me. You will hear what I have to say when I'm ready to but...— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) April 25, 2015
..this isn't about me. I'm so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful Hero.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) April 25, 2015
Oldest son Burt Jenner described an experience when he was in middle school and had to run from the room because he suddenly had the feeling his dad was going to become a woman and leave.
But the kids all agreed that when Bruce did tell them about his transition, he was sure to say that he would "always be their dad."
Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #ProudDaughter— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2015
Just finished watching the #BruceJennerInterview with the family. Bruzer, I'm soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros— Khloé (@khloekardashian) April 25, 2015
Kris Jenner also finally, movingly broke her silence about her ex-husband's transition.
Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero.— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) April 25, 2015
But Bruce's mother's reaction was probably the best of the evening. "I want you to be happy, and I love you," said nearly 89-year-old Esther Jenner in a video message to her son. "I was very proud of you when you stood on that podium, and I never thought I could be more proud of you. But I'm learning I can be."
Sawyer put it best: "In a world in which so many families reject a transgender parent or child, this family wants you to know there is another way."
And instead of shying away from the spotlight — which the Kardashian/Jenner family has never done — they are showing us front and center how it's done.
It's important to note: Jenner said that he would like to continue to be referred to as "Bruce" for the time being. He would also like to be referred to by the masculine pronouns "he/him," so we have respected his wishes as we wrote this article.
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