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remark that was intended to insult Jenner but instead informed American voters just how utterly clueless and outdated he is.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?