Residents of the Olympic Heights subdivision in south Austin, TX have suddenly found themselves living the very question most of the country is fighting over on the Internet: Do we call him Bruce, or Caitlyn?
Jenner, the former Olympian for which a street in the neighborhood is named, confirmed months of speculation in April, by telling Diane Sawyer he was in the process of transitioning into a woman.
This week, the reality TV star and father of six starred on this month’s cover of Vanity Fair as a woman, behind a caption that simply read: “Call me Caitlyn.”
With news of Bruce’s newly assumed feminine identity, people are debating.
While most have strong and varying opinions regarding how to address Jenner, a large majority will surely forget the controversy in time, minus those who live on Bruce Jenner Lane.
With a nationwide “he” or “she” discussion brewing, Bruce Jenner Lane’s residents now do not seem to know what to make of their charming and peaceful road.
While Bruce is preparing for his E! network docu-series, they too are living with his transition, after all, his name appears on all of their mail.
According to ABC News, many living on the street fully support the 65-year-old’s new identity, but are not ready to change their street name, expressing concerns things could get complicated.
“Should we put both [names] on there? Tape one underneath it?” resident Ray Briggs told network affiliate KVUE. “I thought about doing that myself.”
Per ABC, Briggs and dozens of other homeowners are all part of Olympic Heights, a neighborhood with streets named after other Olympians, including Georgia Coleman, Wilma Rudolph, Johnny Weismuller, and Jim Thorpe.
Some of them told the network Friday, “If the city council and residents of our community want to change the name of Bruce Jenner Lane to Caitlyn Jenner Lane, the board has no issue… However, it is something as a board, we are not actively pursuing.”
“I don’t care what [she] did with [her] life because that’s [her] personal choice,” an unidentified resident said. “But I’d rather not change the street name. That’s just a lot of paperwork, you know?”
According to the city, at least half of the residents on a street must approve of a name change, and such a change would have to await approval from the city council.