It costs $0.00 to NOT be ignorant about Caitlyn Jenner.3:38 PM
On June 2nd, formally known Bruce Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair debuting her true self as Caitlyn Jenner.
First thought - she's flawless. I hope I look that good at 65. Second thought - good for her. I think it's amazing to see someone transform themselves into something that they have always wanted. I am sending you massive positive vibes, girl.
The transgender community has had a major transformation since the debut of Orange is the New Black, and Laverne Cox showing up on the cover of Time magazine. I think Caitlyn's debut is another awesome way to open the eyes of people who aren't familiar with the trans community (and don't know that it's been around forever). The reality is - it's here. This community is real and deserves the same respect as everyone else.
Now, since June 2nd, I've seen the internet explode with this topic. It is literally everywhere I turn. I'm not mad at it though, because it's shown me who I need to delete off my Facebook friends (goodbye Transphobic peeps). Some of the articles I read make awesome points, even the Christian ones. I like seeing Christians sending love towards Caitlyn Jenner, and I appreciate that approach. Because, here's my thing, everyone is entitled to their own opinion about the LGBTQ community. I've said that ever since I came out.
What I find so aggravating is the amount of pure hate towards Caitlyn and the rest of the LGBTQ community, specifically transgender individuals. Since Caitlyn made her debut I have read 5 different articles about how she is a "disgrace to women around the world", "isn't a hero", or "is sick and perverted". These articles revolve around religion and God, which I thought was supposed to be a source of love and sanctuary. Apparently not - you all are ready to cast stones without your hands being clean.
Let me switch gears here. Not only is Caitlyn getting spat on by angry Christians, she's also getting put down for her being a hero. Tumblr exploded with pictures like this on the 2nd, and personally I have to agree with them.
But of course, we've got the people who are comparing her heroic act of being true to herself in front of literally the entire world, to firefighters, doctors, soldiers, etc. Don't get me wrong - those people are heroic and I think they're doing amazing things, BUT a hero is defined as a person who is admired for "great acts of bravery". My dad is my hero, but isn't fighting in a war, so does that disqualify him as being my hero? NO. Hero's come in a plethora of shapes, sizes, and genders. To the trans community, Cailtyn is a role model and a hero. There isn't anything wrong with that.
I think stepping into the spotlight as a woman in 2015 for the entire world to see is brave, and deserves some respect. I think it's hard for a straight person to understand the courage behind 'coming out' and being a part of the LGBTQ community. It took me 21 years before I was ready to do it, and it scared the hell out of me. I cant imagine the internal struggle Bruce was facing before she became Caitlyn.
Why are we so quick to call former Bruce an American hero for bringing back the Olympic golds to The United States, but can't call her a hero for becoming an advocate for the LGBTQ community?
The final thought I have about this whole situation, and probably the most important, is her choices have nothing to do with you. To the thousands of people tweeting and talking disrespectfully - her decisions have no effect on your life at all. This is all about her life, and the rest of us are in the same position as we were on June 1st. No one lost their jobs because of Caitlyn. no one went bankrupt because of Caitlyn. No one is 'going to hell' because of Caitlyn. Your life is determined by your own choices, so why are you so focused on someone else's?
I promise you, your life will be significantly more chill if you just stay in your lane. If you don't agree with her decision, cool, keep on living your life, but don't drift into her lane by throwing stones at someone who hasn't effected you at all. To the people who do support Caitlyn, awesome! Keep doin' it in your lane. Just let the woman live her life.
And finally, to all the transgender kids, teens, and adults who are living a life of silence because of the ignorance around them, I am sending you a million happy, positive vibes. Keep looking up, and keep standing tall.