But in the meanwhile Caitlyn Jenner, will you please just shut up?
There’s a lot of anger in the trans community over Caitlyn Jenner’s Time woman of the year interview faux pas. Jenner suggested that if trans people wanted acceptance or safety in public our community’s woman shouldn’t look like a ‘man in a dress’.
Amy Walker wrote about that yesterday. Jenner’s publicist must have heard our outrage all the way up on the 15th floor of New York City’s Trump Hotel where the interview was conducted because Jenner just
apologized excused herself for it, saying it was ‘taken out of context’..
“This week a lot of attention was brought to my comments in my TIME interview, in which I said that my appearance is important to me, that I want people to be at ease when they encounter me and that people are still uncomfortable if a trans person looks like “a man in a dress.”
I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment, and I’m truly sorry.”
But revisiting the Time interview, I see that whole paragraph was edited removing the “man in a dress’ statement. Yet Jenner still linked to it in her apology on Huff Post?
Now tell me Jenner doesn’t have privilege.
I know Jenner won’t ‘shut up’. There’s way too much money at stake. But I will make this demand Jenner. Stop telling us how we should live or look. You will never know what it is to be unable to afford your surgeries, your gowns even what you perceive as “passing”.
Or maybe you could understand.
Live at least a year starting off without money, without a car, or a phone. Without blood family or a place to live.
You would be able to ask friends and church for help. You could couch surf and live in back rooms and eat ramen noodles. You know, actually, live the experience.
Or maybe you could grow a beard like Conchita Wurst’s (yes I know it’s makeup) but still, Wurst is living her truth. You both are in show business right? Maybe you two could get together and have coffee. That is if you are comfortable with that idea.
I know, I’m demanding someone change to fit my expectations. Talk about a paradox.
Jenner is finally getting the message. We are sick and tired of her problematic, transphobic utterances, your white male privilege, (yes, you said that not me) and your more trans, more woman than thou attitude. We’re not just sick of it, we’re dying because of it.
Of course, Jenner’s high profile gaffs couldn’t be used against her in a court of law as the smoking gun for a particular trans death or suicide. But combined with other right-wing and religious anti-trans rhetoric, there’s no denying it. You’re helping to kill us.
Caitlyn Jenner did say at least one thing best. She still has a lot to learn. She would do well to start with this video as she has just appointed herself the voice of trans advocacy at the UN