InTouch Hits New Low With Cover Featuring Bruce Jenner Crudely Photoshopped As A Woman

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The media has made much hay of Bruce Jenner’s appearance in the past year, postulating that he’s transgender because of the length of his hair, or the style of his manicure or some other affectation. We’ve never spoken to Mr. Jenner, so we have no idea what gender identity he feels comfortable with.

What we do know is that In Touch has sunk to a new low with its current cover, a crudely Photoshopped image of the Olympic medalist as a woman, with lipstick, rouge, plucked eyebrows and long curly locks cascading down his face. The headline, “Bruce’s Story: My Life As A Woman”, just makes it that much worse.

In the accompanying article an “insider” tells the magazine that Bruce, 65, will complete his transition and go public as a trans woman in 2015.

“This will be the year of his coming out. He knows that people have recognized his changes, and he’s finally becoming more comfortable with himself and his choice to be a woman,” this so-called source says. “He wants to look as glamorous as possible — full makeup with a bold wardrobe. He won’t live his new life in designer clothes like the Kardashian women. He just wants his first official portrait as a woman to be classic and memorable.”

Jenner may very well come out as trans this year—or he may come out as a Ravens fan. But a cover image that mocks not only Jenner, but trans women everywhere, is something that should never have come out.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.