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Bruce Jenner's interview brings awareness

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Following his decision to share with the world that he is transgender, Bruce Jenner's name and face are among the most recognizable in the United States.

After sharing his story, some feel this could help others in the LGBT community share theirs in a positive way.

It's estimated that more than 700,000 Americans consider themselves transgender, and experts expect that number to grow.

But they also want folks to know that there is help available.

On Southeast Missouri State University's campus, more than 800 students identify themselves as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Resources, like the LGBT Resource Center help with those struggling with their sexuality.

The center has peer mentors available so students can talk to someone who identifies in the same way.

“I think the more people that share their stories like Bruce Jenner has, the more confidence other individuals might have to share their stories as well and reach out and get the resources they need,” said Megan Randolph Murray.

She said she hopes this will also mean people will become more accepting of the LGBT community.

She said Jenner's emotional interview showcased the years of discomfort and stress someone might face before they transition.

If you or anyone you know wants support Megan Randolph Murray said it's important to first reach out to someone you know and trust.

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