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Australian radio DJ Kyle Sandilands and his painted nails@kiis1065 via Instagram

#PaintYourNailsForBruce gathers support for Bruce Jenner

People all over the world are painting their nails to applaud the trans trailblazer's courage

It’s been a rough ride for Bruce Jenner over the last few months, as rumours of his* transition went viral before even he could tell anyone. But after announcing to the world he was transgender on Sunday, the Olympic medalist is now gaining lots of public support on Twitter with the hashtag #PaintYourNailsForBruce.

In the ABC interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner explained his trans identity and his decision to transition to a woman, speaking of how badly he wanted to “be able to have my nail polish on long enough that it actually chips off”.

After the interview aired, Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O launched #PaintYourNailsForBruce on Monday to show their support for the trans trailblazer.

The hashtag encouraged men to paint their nails and post a pic to show their solidarity. Within a few hours, Australian men (and women) started posting pics using the hashtag. It wasn’t long before it went global and #PaintYourNailsForBruce was trending worldwide.

There weren’t any set rules for the hashtag, so users either got really creative or kept it quite simple with their nail varnish choices:

Some have criticised the radio station, saying that the idea of painting your nails to rep the transgender community feels way too simplistic – but hundreds of people have already jumped on the nail bandwagon to applaud Jenner's bravery. Hopefully, after all this support Jenner will feel a lot more able to wear nail polish – whether it chips off or not.  

* Jenner is still currently using his male name and pronouns because he has not indicated that he prefers a new name or pronoun be used.