June 3, 2015 – 1:51 am
I open this post under the assumption we are still capable of intelligent discourse in this country. Which means I have probably already gone too far. But I’ll still continue.
First: I have no issue with Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn Jenner. Do I understand it? No. It’s not a process which my brain can wrap itself around. Differences in human sexuality are something I can comprehend on a biological and genetic level. Confusion with gender identity I do not. (Hey, Caitlyn is being honest, so I’m being honest too.) And that’s probably why it’s important for someone as prominent as Jenner to do what, well, she’s doing. It will give me and everyone else in the dark some sort of flashlight to better understand the whole concept. And those who dwell in caves will still dwell in their caves.
That said, I do have an issue with Jenner being named as ESPN’s 2015 Arthur Ashe Award winner almost immediately after being reintroduced to the world as Caitlyn. Not because of some belief that a transgender woman isn’t deserving of such an honor, but because ESPN is passing up a far more worthy recipient in recently deceased women’s college basketball player Lauren Hill.
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