Today was a great day in the LGBTQ community . Caitlyn Jenner , formerly known as Bruce Jenner , came out to the public on the front cover of Vanity Fair. For so long , she has battled with issues of identity for very long for fear of not being embraced. I support Caitlyn and her decision to move forward towards a brighter future. It is so easy for us to judge from the outside , about something we are not knowledgeable of . Heteronormativty is a plague on our communities that has caused us to believe that anything other than our way of life is queer. Who formed these ideas ? What makes our life so special that we are the standard ?
The courage of someone to make a change towards their happiness is something that I am constantly in support of . There has been so much backlash about whether or not his choices are morally right and even more of them are supported by opinions and versesof the bible that they cannot recite. I wish that more people understood that trans phobia is equivalent to sin , in that it allows you to hate another person in judgement.
Indeed , the revolution will be televised . Though you may not understand because of your own beliefs , Caitlyn is symbolic for you as well. Identity is a universal issue that people of all race and color suffer. Just like Caitlyn , many black men and women are trapped inside of a body that represents a gender that they cannot be defined by. Realistically , we see people like Caitlyn everyday in passing and if we knew what they went through we would be more careful .
Never in a million years did I ever think I would see people who are pressed on the issues of race and black lives matter oppose the rights to chose for someone.. We display the same characteristics of those who enable hate to flow freely through our society.
The revolution will be televised. As stated in a past interview , Bruce was the only person with a real story that needed to be told that would mean anything to the world. This change should not serve as a set back for those who teach their children that sex and gender are binary , but it should serve as a learning opportunity. The concern shouldn't be whether or not your child will grow up homosexual , but if he does that the world would be kind enough to let him. The lack of concern in the well being of others is where we continuously fail. We must take the initiative to do our civil duty , that is to impact by improving society for our next generation.
As a young adult , I refuse to raise my future children on the beliefs that someones preference is strange because it is not "normal" . The issue of the land on which we live is that we've been conditioned to believe that there is any form of "other" . In doing so , we raise replicas of hate , destruction , and malice all of which do not bring upon change. I am an advocate for unlearning the things that were spoon fed to me and allowing myself to learn more.
My heart was broken time and time again as I watched public figures and socialites chastise Caitlyn's appearance and courages acts. As Kendrick Lamar said in his new album , so many people are "misusing their influence"Granted , you are entitled to your opinion , but we cannot wish to receive love and not spread it. Please so not use your platforms to spew hatred and ignorance into the world. There are enough people exploiting the struggles and pains of the LGBTQ community without higher-ups normalizing this oppression.
This is only the beginning of a new life for Caitlyn , I hope that it sparks a change in the lives of those struggling with internal identity issues. Know and believe that gender is taught , you can be who you want to be through your right of expression. Oppression stops now. We have to constantly address these issues the same way that we profess our interests in #blacklivesmatter . Intersectionality is so important and always ignored.
This post serves as a new flash for people who are convinced that Bruce's change was a publicity stunt . This is someone's life. Transgender is not a trend. This is not a phase. These are real.life.issues. Please , continue to educate yourself on things that you do not understand and love people . You do not have to agree with the ways that people live their lives but you'd do right by encouraging others to love and embrace who they are.
These are not the last and evil days , this is the start of a better tomorrow.