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Most of the members of The Village People were out and proud (save for singer Victor Willis who has firmly noted that he’s straight), but it’s an understatement to say that Bruce Jenner and Michael Jackson each had their extremely personal dramas going on behind the scenes.
While Jane Fonda was successfully rehabbing her career from the “Hanoi Jane” incident, Jackson was struggling with years of abuse from his father as he was breaking away from the Jackson 5 in order to establish himself as a viable solo artist. His following years were some of the most successful of his life, but this was also the beginning of a dark, strange road for the performer.
Following Jenner’s gold medal win at the 1976 Olympics he was American hero, but he was dealing with gender dysphoria in a way that he couldn’t even name at the time. After this photo was taken it was another 25 years before Jenner would come out as a transgender woman.