Yesterday the world was talking about the momentous moment Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night. It was a raw speech delivered with honesty and passion, it captivated everyone watching it and had many of us in floods of tears.
Caitlyn has really taken to the pedestal and made a stand for the transgender community, bringing awareness to the issues surrounding us. In my previous blog I was explaining how so many Trans are victims of hate crime and how we don't like to feel like victims. I feel that in this speech Caitlyn made she really brought it to the attention of people that it's not fair for the younger generation to have to face the scrutiny that we as a community have faced for many years. She said "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 who they are, they shouldn't have to take it!" and that was what really stood out for me.
Being Trans isn't a choice; do you really think anyone would choose to face the affliction that we are put through by society? No. being Trans is to do with how you feel and feelings are not of choice. I whole heartedly stand by the people saying that what Caitlyn is doing is brave and courageous because it is! Of course anyone transitioning would love to do it away from the attention of people but it takes a lot of balls for people like myself and Caitlyn to put our lives and transition out there for people to see, in hopes that people will understand and give younger people transitioning an easier time and role models that they can relate to.
Theres many out there that are saying that Caitlyn's transition is all to do with publicity but either way for the world to see the reality of her transition is making people understand that being trans isn't a choice. All hail Queen Caitlyn.