Caitlyn Jenner gracing the cover of Vanity Fair is a powerful symbol of how far transgender Americans have come -- and the many challenges they still face. Discrimination, poverty, suicide, even murder continue to haunt the trans community, even as it enjoys greater public acceptance and understanding.
"I'm not sure if it's a turning point, but it's certainly a helpful milestone," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Gender Equality, when asked about Jenner's public coming out.
"It's really important to understand that there are about a million trans people in the country -- we don't know exactly -- and not everyone gets to tell their story" as the former Bruce Jenner has, she said.
"So if we can leverage this one story to tell lots of stories, that's really great," Keisling told AFP.
Watch:Bruce Jenner emerges as a woman on cover of Vanity Fair The 1976 Montreal Olympics gold medalist turned Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality TV star is by no means the first American celebrity to undergo a gender switch in the public gaze.