Your actions and choices within your first public week identifying as Caitlyn have trumped your lifelong achievements as Bruce, and Hollywood has taken your spotlight as their own. Groups of varying religious and political beliefs have claimed your transformation as “progress” or “regress” for their own platforms, and I would like to take a minute to focus on you. You are a strong and independent woman, and you have fought like Hell to become such a woman.
Do not let groups with skewed self-proclaimed “Christian” ideologies tell you that you are wrong. The truth is, while for these groups, your choice is only important for the next advertisement cycle, your choice will affect you for the rest of your life. Do not let these media sources take your accomplishment as their own. While your Time Magazine shoot was beautiful, Bruce’s accomplishments were those of great physical and mental strength. Caitlyn’s accomplishment is that she came out to a nation that may have rejected her, not that she makes a “pretty girl.”
I will not sugarcoat it; you will have bad days. However, the worst days of being a woman will be better than your best days as a man, because this is who you are.
I believe that you are a hero to thousands, if not millions of individuals. To me, a hero is someone who brings hidden or disregarded issues to light, and you have done that for each questioning child who struggles with feeling trapped in a body they shouldn’t have, and for every teenager who has considered “coming out” to their loved ones. You have fought for children and adults across America who didn’t have a voice and felt discriminated against by society. Thank you.
You don’t have to be racist to discriminate, but people often forget there are other exclusionary factors in individuals.
Regarding those who compare you to a soldier to support the argument you are not a hero, quite simply, they are in the wrong. Soldiers are at the top of my list of heroes in this nation, but while every soldier is a hero, you don’t need to be a soldier to fall under the category of a “hero.” You have affirmed thousands of peoples’ beliefs that being transgender is OKAY, and for that, I will always defend your title as a hero.
People’s biggest mistake will be comparing your new accomplishments to those of Bruce, but you are a new person. I loved Bruce Jenner because he was an icon for the American dream, but Caitlyn Jenner’s confidence is the American dream.