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Reporters debate media’s handling of Bruce Jenner




TV personality Bruce Jenner speaks onstage at the Reality Rocks Expo Fan Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
TV personality Bruce Jenner speaks onstage at the Reality Rocks Expo Fan Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Bruce Jenner’s alleged gender transition has been the subject of much tabloid speculation and coverage in recent weeks.

As the transgender community fights for civil rights and mainstream acceptance, will Jenner’s name and status open more eyes to the realities of transitioning? Or will it further sensationalize the transgender community?

We talk with an entertainment reporter and a transgender writer about how the media is handling the story and what it means for the transgender narrative in mainstream America.

Guest:

Kevin Fallon, Entertainment Reporter, The Daily Beast; (Briefly) a Red Carpet Reporter for US Weekly; “Is the Media Capable of Covering Bruce Jenner’s Transition With Respect?”

Thomas Page McBee, author of "Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man." He’s contributed stories about gender and culture to The New York Times, the Atlantic.com, BuzzFeed, and VICE. He is currently the growth editor at the news site Quartz.