Why We Need to Listen to Bruce Jenner’s Story

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By LZ Granderson
February 9, 2015

In the spring of 2000, my friend Michael and I hopped on a bus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, heading to Washington. The reason? To participate in the “Millennium March on Washington for Equality,” a mass demonstration in the nation’s capital in support of LGBT rights.

This was not quite two years after the death of Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who was brutally murdered for being gay. We were barely two seasons into what was then a groundbreaking television series, “Will and Grace.” Spring 2000 was so long ago that network executives were still afraid to put an openly gay Ellen DeGeneres on television. That was the social climate then. And we were heading to D.C. to help change it.

Then two transgender women boarded the bus.

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