This is more of a blog post than a news post.
Historically Caitlyn Jenner has some issues in regards to the transgender community. She’s a rich gal, who lives in a social bubble created by money. She has always been a conservative, and naively thought her transition would just be a blip on the radar, nothing more for other conservatives.
She’s never lived like the rest of us transgender folks, or had to do things like consider staying in a shitty job to make enough money to buy her wife FFS surgery. She’s never had to put off top surgery for years because she had to wait for funding, like I did.
This means she can also insulate herself with people that will call her by her feminine pronouns and pay for acceptance in a way that none of the rest of us can.
So with that in mind, I do think she had no fucking clue that trans issues were such a big deal. For her, they never were once she had the money and safety to come out and transition. I’m not saying it’s easy, even then with the stigma we all face, but she can mitigate a lot of it by being able to throw cash at it.
I really think she is trying in the best way she knows how, but the only thing that makes us all transgender, is that we are all transgender. There is no training guide, no political test to determine if you are woke enough to join the ranks. She’s a conservative gal, who is trans. Period. This means she is probably not going to change that.
However, like a lot of conservatives, she does come around on issues that effect her personally. She is having a crash course in transgender stigma and the politics that are stacked up against us.
I think she’s learning and changing, and wants to help. She is never going to join the blue side of American politics, but I am more than happy to have a transgender money’d ally that is on the red side.
I just can’t get behind the kind of hate she engenders in the trans community. This might be because I am old, and remember a time when we all had different political views and it was okay. Nowadays it’s so polarized that we risk eviscerating our own just because they don’t fall into political line.
The way I see it, she tried to work with “her side” and got used as a trans puppet politically when it was convenient for them. That was naive on her part, but not a crime. Now she’s mad and working actively to circumvent the harm from this administration, and I am fine with that. She has a voice, and can speak to the politicians directly in a way we can’t.
She’s also been doing a lot of charity work lately. She is under no obligation to give her money to any charity at all, yet she has been doing that to help our community. I’m not upset about that, we need it. Trans related charities are always underfunded.
I guess I’m just saying, whether we like it or not, she is a part of our community. She is a human being just like we are, and is learning and changing in the face of the incredible political vitriol we are currently facing.
I think we can be critical of her choices, without all the ridiculous over the top hatred she faces.
I think the one flaw “my side” of the political divide faces is that we don’t give people room to grow and change. Human beings are imperfect, and sometimes it take time to come around on a viewpoint. That’s just the way we are built.
We need to create some room so that people can change, and grow.
ETA: Here’s another article regarding her charity, and generally discusses the thorny issue of Caitlyn’s politics.