April 23, 2015 at 8:00 am EDT | by Staff reports
ABC to air Jenner interview
Bruce Jenner, gay news, Washington Blade

Bruce Jenner is widely rumored to be coming out as trans in an interview Friday. (Photo by Kathclick; courtesy Bigstock)

NEW YORK — Diane Sawyer’s long-anticipated exclusive interview with former Olympian and reality TV star Bruce Jenner is scheduled to air on ABC on Friday.

The network in recent days has aired promotional clips that show Jenner talking with Sawyer. One of them shows the former Olympian and reality TV star with long hair in a ponytail as the narrator sets up the interview that will feature “the journey, the decisions, the future.”

Sawyer’s interview with Jenner will air amid mounting speculation the former Olympian whose stepdaughter is Kim Kardashian is transitioning from a man into a woman.

Jenner’s mother, Esther Jenner, told the Associated Press earlier this year during a telephone interview from her Idaho home that the reality TV star has indeed begun to transition. Kardashian referenced the former Olympian’s “journey” during a January interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Transgender advocates with whom the Washington Blade has spoken in recent months remain divided over the potential impact that Jenner’s transition may have.

Zoey Tur, a trans woman who made headlines earlier this year when Inside Edition named her a special correspondent, told the Blade that Jenner has “become a national joke.” Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer said the former Olympian coming out as trans could prove a “teachable moment.”

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