LOS ANGELES — LGBT rights advocates have blasted an entertainment magazine for publishing a fake image of former U.S. Olympian and reality television star Bruce Jenner.
InTouch Weekly on the cover of its Jan. 26 issue published the image of Jenner under the headline “Bruce’s story: My life as a woman.” The magazine in a subsequent article claimed the reality television star plans to come out as a transgender woman to the Advocate, which the LGBT magazine denied.
“Bruce Jenner is being bullied, and publicly shamed for no other reason than being trans,” Kate Bornstein, a trans advocate who wrote the book “Gender Outlaw,” told the Advocate in a statement. “I’m so sorry for B.J.”
A petition that Julie Mastrine posted on Care2 Petitions urges “InTouch Weekly” to apologize to Jenner.
“Publicly speculating as to whether or not someone will be coming out as transgender illustrates a flippant lack of empathy toward people who actually struggle with making a gender transition,” said Mastrine.