'Transparent' Creator Says Bruce Jenner's Family Watched the Show

by Jackie Willis 11:17 AM PDT, May 29, 2015
Playing 'Transparent' Creator Says Bruce Jenner's Family Watched the Show

Amazon's show Transparent, which stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender parent, may have encouraged Bruce Jenner to come out to his famous family about his desire to transition into living as a woman.

"I met Kim Kardashian at the Time 100 and she said they all watched it together," Jill Soloway, the show's creator, told ET. "So heartwarming."

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Soloway says she's proud that the show had helped the 65-year-old former Olympian and his family in any way.

"He's an American hero," she said. "He's now a hero for another reason and he happens to be the patriarch of the most famous family on the planet. It's crazy and it's changing the whole globe. The globe can't help but change."

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While the Golden Globe-winning show may have helped the Jenner-Kardashian clan, Soloway says it's Jenner's courage to share his story that's really inspiring. "There is a civil rights movement going on. It's about more than people transitioning, we are saving lives. The suicide rate in the transgender community is four or five times that of the average. It's a real state of emergency for trans people. Young trans people are killing themselves because they feel the world isn't ready for them. And as each year passes we make the world more safe for trans people."

Editor's Note: As Bruce Jenner has not said that a new name or pronouns should be used, ETonline will follow GLAAD guidelines and continue to refer to him by his current name and male pronouns.