Mary talks about Caitlyn

One of the biggest interviews of all time is going to air in America at the moment on ABC’s 20/20 programme. Diane Sawyer interviews the former international athlete Bruce Jenner, talking publicly for the first time about his decision to change his gender. Our very own openly transgender New Zealander Mary Haddock-Staniland is right behind him.

"Bruce should be entitled to be who he wants to be, regardless of what people say!" says the social media personality. Mary, who was born a male, lives life as a woman and has done for the last nine years. Talking exclusively to NZ New Idea Magazine recently about her identical twin brother, Mary discussed Bruce Jenner’s decision. “If he wants to get his jaw chiselled or get breasts, just leave it alone. It’s your own personal beliefs about the body you’re in.”

Mary has been monitoring social media this afternoon and says the hashtag #BruceJennerInterview is trending. "The comments I've seen online are mostly in support of Bruce Jenner's decision to do this. I think making this a public forum is incredibly brave of him. Making the choice to live his life true and authentic is the best thing he can do. Let's not forget gender dysphoria exists,” says Mary. 

Also a talented MC and entertaining key note speaker, Mary has become quite the transgender advocate talking to various corporate organisations about what she has experienced in the business world. A Director of an Employee Assistance Programme business, Mary knows first-hand that people who are considering a gender reassignment operation are dealt with differently in the workplace. "Why should anyone be treated differently because they aren't happy being the gender they were born with? It makes no sense,” she says. 

“If people have a problem with seeing Bruce Jenner in a dress, I think they have a serious problem in general. Live and let live, I wish him the best of luck. I hope Bruce will finally be happy, she says. 

Miranda Likeman