The recent Bruce Jenner interview by Diane Sawyer was quite touching ["Rallying behind Jenner," News, April 27].

I can't conceivably understand, let alone feel the anguish of, living in the body of one sex with the mind and soul of the other. Nevertheless, Jenner is not conflicted. He knows that inside, he is a she and will pursue the transition. I wish him the best of luck on his journey.

However, one thing I found rather enigmatic. He professes to be a Republican! Perhaps he has been too busy dealing with the momentous task ahead and not kept current on today's conservative tea-infused, homophobic Republican Party. Or perhaps he wants to regress to the cure many in the party endorse, to "pray the gay away."

He will join a group of Republican women as yet another second-class member of their chosen party, futilely denying the obvious. I still wish Jenner the best of luck on her courageous course. She will need it.

Nicholas Zizelis, Bayside
 

The most surprising thing for me in the Bruce Jenner interview was the reaction by Diane Sawyer to Jenner's political affiliation. With some surprise, she asked him, "Are you a Republican?"

She was clearly more shocked by that than anything he told her up until that point.

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Karen Lande, West Hempstead