Recently some social media posts have been questioning definitions of heroism and bravery by comparing two pictures, a US world class athlete and a US soldier; a seemingly reasonable comparison of heroes. So why do the posts acknowledge the bravery and heroism of the soldier but ridicule that of the athlete?
Caitlyn Jenner has done a great thing to advance awareness of trans people. Frank Maloney from the boxing world opened eyes with wonderfully honest discussions about becoming Kellie. But what if you don't happen to have a large paid staff or support crew around to help you live as an out transgender person?
While the courage and bravery of soldiers is certainly something to be respected, so too is the bravery of Caitlyn Jenner who risked the ostracism of her family, friends, and the potential destruction of her entire life by making the decision she did. If that decision encourages just one person to embrace their true self, then I would say that makes her a hero.