He (Caitlyn with a C) has done it! The world met Caitlyn Jenner today after Vanity Fair released this month’s issue and ended months of speculation. The now 65 year old Bruce Jenner, won Olympic gold in 1976 and set a world record in the decathlon, has gone on record stating that he struggled with gender identity ever since he was 8 or 9 when he used to sneak into his mother and sister’s closet and try on their clothes and remembers “it made me feel good.”
Merriam-Webster defines trans-gen-der as: relating to people who have a sexual identity that is not clearly male or clearly female.
Does this mean we can no longer refer to Bruce as him or her? I am an advocate for everyone to be at peace within themselves even if it causes others to be uncomfortable. This is called, being comfortable in your own skin. Bruce’s, (Caitlyn’s ) children for the most part, have accepted his journey and have expressed their support publicly. The world’s acceptance of his new gender transformation is nothing compared to the change her life will now go through. Will she always dress like a women? Will she use the female restroom despite the fact that she still has male anatomy? Will she date women? And does this make her a lesbian since she is technically still a man? Numerous questions loom unanswered.
I cannot help but think that in spite of the hardship this life-changing decision has been on her family, she seemed to still try to identify with and respect her loved ones by choosing a name with the traditional “K” sound but at the same time separating herself from them by spelling it with a “C”. What are your thoughts?
Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.