Twitter reacts to Caitlyn Jenner’s debut

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, made her debut online today with a new Twitter account alongside the release of Vanity Fair’s July cover, featuring a portrait by Annie Leibovitz.

Jenner came out publicly as a transgender woman in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer last month. Today’s release drew wide support online from the LGBTQ community, celebrities and fans around the Vanity Fair-led hashtag campaign, #CallMeCaitlyn.

Members of the Kardashian family also joined in to voice their support on Twitter.

Many people observed online that Jenner eschewed the typical Kardashian “K” in favor of the “Caitlyn” spelling.

In order to correct any misuse of pronouns towards Jenner, a Twitter bot account called @she_not_he was created to guide those incorrectly referring to Jenner as “he” instead of “she.” At the time of this posting, the Twitter account has tweeted over 300 times since its inception earlier today. The bot does occasionally make mistakes.

ESPN also announced today that Jenner would receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards in July. The award is granted to people “possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”

Thus far, “Caitlyn Jenner” has been tweeted about over 500,000 times.

The post Twitter reacts to Caitlyn Jenner’s debut appeared first on PBS NewsHour.


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