In the wake of Bruce Jenner’s revelation about transitioning to life as a woman, the spotlight has shone brightly on the wider transgender community.
Jenner, a former Olympic champion, has been flooded with support since last week’s interview with Diane Sawyer, in which he revealed “for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman”.
He talked about his experience with cross-dressing and said he hopes for the day he can “have my nail polish on long enough that it actually chips off”.
As a result, Australian shock jock Kyle Sandilands started a campaign to get men painting their nails to show support for the transgender community.
Among those to back the campaign are Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet, Aussie singer Reece Mastin, US TV host Richard Reid and comedian Dave Hughes.
Sandilands said on air this week that he had met Jenner and knew his famous family, the Kardashians.
“I’ve been at his (Jenner’s) house and I’m sincerely happy for the transgender community to be who they are, everyone should treat them with respect,” he said.
The hashtag #PaintYourNailsForBruce is picking up steam on Twitter and Instagram, where fans are showing off manicured fingers and bold polish choices and commending Jenner for his bravery.
“I am inspired by anyone sharing their truth in the face of judgement and fear,” rapper Macklemore posted.
“Bruce Jenner is a brave human.”