Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Centre welcomes Bruce Jenner's transition to Caitlin at a crucial time. Paul Chapman reports.
RESENDING WITH NEW KEYFRAME TIME The transgender transition of former athlete and reality tv star Bruce Jenner to Caitlin has won respect from many quarters. Among them the Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Centre. Its programme manager Drian Juarez says Jenner's highly publicised transition shows how media attitudes are changing. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DRIAN JUAREZ, PROGRAMME MANAGER, LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTRE, SAYING: "I grew up in an era when the only thing you had was Jerry Springer or Maury Povich and so it was very sensationalised, trivialised portrayals of transgender people. What we saw with the Diane Sawyer interview and what's followed since is a really respectful was of reporting trans people's transition stories or identities." Jenner launched a new Twitter account on Monday as Caitlin Jenner. It's become the fastest account to reach a million followers in just four hours three minutes, beating that of U.S. President Barack Obama. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DRIAN JUAREZ, PROGRAMME MANAGER, LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTRE, SAYING: "I think that Caitlin is a good role model and the fact that she has such a long history in the public eye, even before the Kardashians. You know, she had this history of being this all-star athlete so her story is unique in that way, in that it's really bridging two different communities." In some areas of the entertainment industry the profile of transgender characters and plots is on the rise. But beyond Hollywood support for and acceptance of transgender people is still very much at an early stage.