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Caitlyn Jenner could learn a lot from this man in a dress

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praises Conchita Wurst’s EuroVision win as an “electrifying moment of human rights education”

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

Kelli Buseyhttps://planettransgender.com
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. 1. Conchita is the alter ego of 25-year-old Austrian showman Thomas ‘Tom’ Neuwirth. She was created to protest at the intolerance he faced as a teenager for his sexual orientation.

    No hint whatsoever that CH is anything but a stage persona, or that he has any transvestite tendencies offstage.
    In fact, offstage he is so far removed from any trans tendencies as is possible to be: http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/475829/Photos-emerge-of-Eurovision-champion-Conchita-Wurst-living-as-Tom-Neuwirth

  2. I take your point entirely . However I would suggest that for a man to put on a dress and present himself in public , on a stage for entertainment purposes is probably the strongest statement a
    transvestite man could make. A type of disguise – hiding himself in plain sight. Not exclusively but usually the best “drag ” artistes are
    homosexual men so they wouldn’t be Transsexual but Transgender if they are Transvestite. Transvestitism is not the perogative of straight men only. Transgender is the accepted umbrella term for all the various spectrum expressions . However I have noticed that Tranasgender in common usage is used to refer to Transsexual people probably because “sex” is not in the word.
    It helps no one if an out and proud Transsexual person misrepresents him or her self or does not explain their condition correctly. In the case of Conchita it is indeed difficult to decide who she is as she adds the extra confusion of the beard which is an innovation to the transvestite/drag entertainment genre. We would really have to get a proper statement from Thomas NeuWirth before we would know !! I do consider “drag” as a form of transvestite behaviour that would receive acceptance because of the added entertainment value .

  3. Tamsin
    For the record, Conchita Wurst is not transgender at all. Conchita is the stage act of Thomas Neuwirth, and is no more transgender than Barry Humphries’ Dame Edna, or Paul O’Grady’s Lily Savage.
    it’s a drag act for the stage, nothing more. Off stage, they revert to their male personas.

  4. Perhaps Ms. Jenner would be able to do a great deal more good for the trans community if she would stop talking and, instead, begin listening and learning about the realities of life for most gender diverse persons–you know, those people who don’t have millions of dollars, a television show, and a publicity machine at their disposal. Right now she appears to be only capable of sticking her high-heeled foot into her mouth. It’s still difficult for me to believe she had never met another openly trans person or did any in-depth research on the trans community before she came out so publicly. Had she done some of that foundational work, she might not have to be apologizing all over the place for her ignorant, ill-chosen, and harmful remarks. If I thought Ms. Jenner would pay any attention to my suggestions, I’d tell her to stop talking, do her homework, leave her political conservatism behind (since it’s antithetical to progress for the trans community), and learn about the real world for trans people. However, I’m not so arrogant as to think she will hear or care about anything I have to say. I just hope someone can get through to her, because so far she’s managing to alienate and unnecessarily anger a whole lot of people in the trans community that would probably prefer to be her friends.


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