People: Bruce Jenner is “transitioning to a woman”

People: Bruce Jenner Is “Transitioning to a Woman”

People: Bruce Jenner Is “Transitioning to a Woman”

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Jan. 31 2015 12:56 PM

People: Bruce Jenner Is “Transitioning to a Woman”

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Bruce Jenner attends the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

Well it seems it’s all but official now. People magazine is confirming what many have been reporting for a while: Former Olympian Bruce Jenner is transgender. “Bruce is transitioning to a woman,” says a source close to the family. “He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he's doing. He's in such a great space. That's why it's the perfect time to do something like this.” The source is still referring to Jenner as “he,” so it seems the transition is not fully complete, but maybe they’re saving that for the reality show in which the 65-year-old—who is no stranger to the cameras—will share his “momentous journey,” as People puts it.

“It will air when he is ready to be open about his transition,” the source tells People. “But he's acting more and more confident and seems very happy.”

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TMZ published a TOLDJA sort of story, noting that more than a year ago, it reported that Jenner had undergone a laryngal shave to smooth out his Adam’s apple. At the time sources had told TMZ that it was “one of the first steps,” but Jenner categorically denied that was the case. TMZ goes on:

Our sources say Bruce is now far along in the process, has undergone various procedures and psychological counseling, and is ready to show his journey to the world. Our sources say it's so far along his docuseries will air as early as May.

Us Weekly has also written about Jenner’s transition in a cover story that Slate’s Ruth Graham has praised, noting that it “does something more than break news about Jenner’s future plans: It treats him with dignity.”

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.