“I absolutely applaud what he’s doing and I think it’s very brave. And it actually makes me quite emotional,” the singer, 53, tells PEOPLE.
The Culture Club front man was a pioneer when it came to discussions of gender identity in the ’80s – a time when his appearance and sexuality were far less accepted than in today’s society.
So for George, seeing someone like Jenner – a former Olympian and symbol of masculinity – having the courage and conviction to openly express his identity as a woman is “amazing.”
“He has my 150 percent support in every way,” he says, adding, “I think that the whole transgender thing is the new frontier.”
George partly attributes the public acceptance surrounding Jenner’s transition to his presence on reality TV – a media realm the singer will soon be entering into himself, with none other than the producers of Keeping Up with the Kardashians at the helm.
“You see people on TV and you feel like you have a relationship with them because they’re in your house, they’re in your living room every day, and you feel close to them,” he says of the audience’s familiarity with Jenner.
“I think maybe in that respect, people have been able to get know him and get to know the family.”
But George also knows the feelings of uncertainty that can accompany being ahead of the curve.
“Obviously everybody has different opinions about things, as they did about me, and you never know how things are going to translate,” he says.
“It’s so weird the way people react to things, even on social media. For me it’s kind of an unknown quantity and I don’t know what to expect.”
Similarly, George doesn’t quite know what to expect from his own upcoming experiment with reality TV.
“It’s one of those weird things because it’s a very popular art form, but until you start [filming] you don t really know what it’s going to be. So when you ask, what’s the show, that’s a very difficult question, because I’m the show.”
One thing he’s sure of is that it won’t be boring.
“I have this reputation that kind of precedes me … so when people meet me, it can be quite interesting, either because they have ridiculous expectations of how I’m going to look, or they think I’m going to be a hideous monster or whatever,” he says.
“There’s never really a dull moment.”