I waited on the proper time to speak my peace due to a sense of classic, yet expected, uproar - or backlash, moreover - of a transgender individual publicly expressing their change. However, this wasn't any regular individual, but one exposed to the public eye every Sunday night...an Olympic champion, Bruce Jenner.
I read many questions and saw many concerns, in which some lacked substance, and others ...sense. So I decided to voice my opinion on a few of them.
What makes Bruce/Caitlyn different from every other transgender? Why is he/she getting attention?
One word, media. The media puts in front of you what they choose. Media has the ability to wash your perceptions and show you what you should think and care about. Sometimes they do it to distract you from what's really going on, while they might also do it for ratings. Bruce-Caitlyn has a fan base...of who? Well, you answer that. Not making this a race matters issue whatsoever, but it does help him & her outshine individuals who deserve the same, if not more, shine - i.e., Laverne Cox. How long do you think Laverne being the first transgender to win an Emmy, be called Woman of the Year by many magazines that hold weight, and have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, was in the media? Even though the honors for her are continuous, I think you grasp my point.
Hissy fits over Caitlyn Jenner being called a "hero."
According to "The Mary Sue," during the deadliest war in American history, the Civil War, U.S. soldiers had a 1 in 15 chance of dying. Currently, trans women have a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered, and there is a 1 in 8 chance if they are a trans woman of color. You do the math. It is currently more dangerous to be a trans woman in the U.S. that it is to have fought in the most deadliest and combative war in our history.
Then again, some straight people seem to think everything is about them. So I saw an instagram post that stated, "Gay/transgender people are not heroes. Idc. That narrative is lame af."
Wow. Quite frankly, they are not heroes for your straight, narrow-minded ass. They are heroes for the individuals who are scared to be themselves. You may idolize Maya Angelou, while I may idolize Phylicia Rashad. Although, neither are gay/transgender, I am making a point, so catch it. Just because the work of someone doesn't affect me doesn't make them less of a person, inspiration, or hero for someone else. If it doesn't bother you, keep it moving, but clearly it caught your attention....but sigh, I digress.
The acronym is LGBTQ. You fight for one, you fight for all. You stand for all, and you don't forget the T. No matter the race, the transformation, the reasoning of such, or your inability to understand their choice. At the end of the day...they matter, too!