Caitlyn Jenner is not the right poster girl for trans equality

From Gay Star News:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/caitlyn-jenner-not-right-poster-girl-trans-equality040615

Jenner’s life is privileged by contrast to the everyday reality of her trans brothers and sisters

By Reverend Irene Monroe
04 June 2015

Caitlyn Jenner has caught the world’s attention. Not as the beloved 1976 Olympic gold medal decathlete or patriarch in the TV reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

This time Jenner has won applause and admiration for her bravery in coming out as a trans woman debuting on the July cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

And she looks amazing!

Laverne Cox, transgender activist and actress on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, wrote on Tumblr: ‘Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities.’

MSNBC commentator and trans author Janet Mock chimed in with her tweet: ‘Introducing Ms Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of @Vanity Fair: #CallMeCaitlyn #girls like us.’

And President Obama giving his thumbs up stated: ‘It takes courage to share your story.’

While a world of supporters applaud Jenner’s courage act of coming out there are always many who don’t.

Drake Bell, the star of Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, tweeted his transphobic remark: ‘Sorry… still calling you Bruce’ to his 3.22 million followers.

And Mike Huckabee’s, 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, made a bone-headed remark that was intended to insult Jenner but instead informed American voters just how utterly clueless and outdated he is.

‘Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, “Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.”’

Almost overnight, Jenner has become the most recognizable transwoman. She has a global platform to give visibility and advocacy to transgender civil rights.

But will it?

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2 Responses to “Caitlyn Jenner is not the right poster girl for trans equality”

  1. wendygrrl Says:

    Humm… definitely some pros and cons….I’m sure she didn’t have to scrounge around for funds nor have to deal with employment issues….not your typical transitioning journey… sigh…

    • Suzan Says:

      It goes way beyond transgender people. I am not transgender. I am a woman who was born with and treated for transsexualism. I put women first and I am really tired of the TG Borg bullshit of dictating to feminists what they must think. Transsplaining at times closely resembles mansplaining.

      For all the bullshitski about Jenner being a great athlete… All I have to say is that was long, long ago, more precisely nearly 40years ago. I had been out 7 years when he was competing.

      Lately Jenner has been a super market tabloid queen and reality tv superstar, an attention whore.

      Now she is the latest TG Borg hero, the one who will change everything. Except her first serious publication feature is a cheesecake spread in Vanity Fair giving the public yet more of the old trans-woman as sex object, femmeier than cradle women the same age stereotype.

      The Transgender Borg slam Second Wave Feminists all the time. I am a real live Second Wave Feminist. I read Ms Magazine from the first issue and worked as a photographer for The Lesbian Tide, hung out at the Women’s Building on North Spring St in LA. I was also one of the pioneers of the Transsexual Movement as well and have seen all the various heroes who have come to prominence only to be discarded once they have a dissenting idea or take an individual path.


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