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Local Reaction to Jenner's Transition

Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner.

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    Local Reaction to Jenner's Transition

    A common misconception, according to transgender men and women, is that is this about sexual preference. They say it's about gender identity. Caitlyn Jenner explains her feelings and transition in a revealing article, set to hit newsstands next week. (Published Monday, June 1, 2015)

     "Call me Caitlyn."

    An announcement on the cover of Vanity Fair.

    Known for 65 years as Bruce Jenner, 1976 Gold medal decathlete, stepfather to the Kardashians, and now, meeting the world through the lens of Annie Leibovitz, as a transgender woman.

    “Regardless of what I think or what everybody else thinks, I hope that she is happy with it and that it is a true depiction of who she knows herself to be,” said Mason Dunn, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

    He has made his own transition to a transgender man.

    Asked has he himself been discriminated against in this regard, “I have, yes, and it's a very painful situation, to be turned away or as I was, removed from a store. On the basis of my gender identity,” he said.

    “We can even contour the Adam's apple,” said hair salon owner Noelle Spinosa, who has 200 transgender clients and friends, most of whom have wives and children and work in male dominated fields.

    “Some are in the military, some are police officers, they've actually gone the opposite direction, trying to fulfill that masculine part of them. But to no avail,” she said.

    Noelle says Caitlyn Jenner's story, told in an upcoming Vanity Fair article, is just like her own clients, who are mostly in the their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

    They, like Caitlyn, know they were born women on the inside - even if their bodies tell them otherwise.

    And, Noelle knows, acceptance, for her clients, is never easy.

    “I have not really heard of a success story yet. I'm hoping to. I'm sure there are some. But the people I work with I've heard anxiety, depression. I've heard the word suicide mentioned. I've heard a lot,” Spinosa added.

    This story has been the fascination of social media on this day. Caitlyn Jenner's twitter handle @caitlyn_jenner passed Barack Obama's @potus as fastest to a million followers.