Is Caitlyn Jenner The Perfect Transgender Spokesperson?

Caitlyn Jenner seems to be the name on everybody’s lips at the moment, and for good reason. She is working hard to make sure transgender people get the best chances in life, and is keen to show that there is support out there for everyone.

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However, there are some out there who feel she isn’t the best option to champion the transgender community, so we have to ask: is Caitlyn Jenner the perfect transgender spokesperson?

A dramatic and difficult change

Before we came to know who exactly Caitlyn Jenner was, we knew about Bruce. Bruce Jenner, as Caitlyn was known as before she began to make the transition, was a huge name in the world of spots, winning the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Not only that, but Jenner was known for being a part of the Jenner/Kardashian family, whose activities are obsessed over in the news. It seems they can’t even go out for a quiet cup of coffee without the media harassing them for information.

It was in April of 2015 that Jenner came out in an interview with Diane Sawyer, explaining that “for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.” This was a huge shock for many, and the world reacted in a big way. We all know about transgender, but we don’t necessarily understand it. By putting herself in the spotlight, Jenner was attracting a huge amount of attention to this hot topic and getting it the recognition it deserves.

As you can imagine though, it was a tough time for her. There were many upset and angry about this change. Why? We’re not sure. After all, Caitlyn Jenner’s life has nothing to do with a lot of people. Her coming out as transgender isn’t going to make the earth stop spinning, but the way some people are talking about it, you’d think the world was about to end!

In fact, some people believe that her transition to becoming who she really is meant that all of her previous achievements when she was living as the gender she’d been assigned at birth were now null and void. Someone thought it was a great idea to start a petition on to have her stripped of the gold medal she achieved in the Olympics. They tried to get the hashtag #givebackthegold trending and not only did it fail spectacularly, but the International Olympic Committee actually came out with a statement saying that “they will not be stripping Jenner of the Olympic medal that she won as Bruce Jenner in 1976”. Take that, assholes.

Despite all of this, she continued to hit back, and actually debuted her new name and image just last month. The image, from the Vanity Fair shoot, went viral, with the simple statement of “call me Caitlyn” written over it.

An emotional journey

It was only Wednesday night in America that Caitlyn accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs. The ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards) are there to honour those who have done great things for the world of sport, and it is undeniable what Caitlyn has achieved. She is making schools and teams throughout the country and indeed the world rethink their stance on gender, and so people can now participate in sports without being forced into the wrong locker room for them.

She was pegged for the award from the very beginning, and she gave a huge ten minute speech upon accepting to award to not only thank people for the chance to receive such a prestigious award, but also to talk about the real issue.

Caitlyn began by saying that “the last few months have been a whirlwind of so many different experiences and emotions, but to tell you the truth it seems like every time I turn around in life I’m putting myself in these high pressure situations.” She went on to explain that she has never felt more pressure than during the last few months, when she was making her transition.

It was a hugely emotional speech for her, where she said that across the country and the world right now “there are young people coming to terms with being transgender” and that they are struggling to accept who they are because of bullying, physical abuse, and even murder.

She also mentioned the various other people in the spotlight who have been through the difficult challenge of coming out as transgender, such as Chaz Bono and Laverne Cox, before making a comment towards the end of the speech she made a statement that will have silenced all of those wondering if she is the person to speak out about this issue.

“It is an honour to have the word ‘courage’ associated with my life, but on this night another word comes to mind, and that is ‘fortunate’. I owe a lot to sports, it’s showed me the world, it’s given me an identity, if someone wanted to bully me well you know what, I was the MVP of the football team and that just wasn’t going to be a problem. And the same thing goes tonight. If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it. So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether it’s about courage or controversy or publicity, well I’ll tell you what it’s all about. It’s about what happens from here. It’s not just about one person. It’s about thousands of people.”

The speech has fast become a viral sensation, with the image of Caitlyn standing proud of the stage as she speaks about the troubles that transgender people all over face the world spreading like wildfire. People are finally starting to listen and recognise that being transgender and different from others isn’t a bad thing. Many of the clients have accepted the TS escorts and TV escorts here on Escort Ireland with no problem, so why can’t the rest of the world accept them?

What do you think about this? Is Caitlyn Jenner the perfect spokesperson for transgender? Have you got some other people in mind that you think can make a difference? I absolutely think she is, and her speech just proves that to me. Let us know in the comment box below or by visiting the Escort Ireland forum.

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