For many years I have stumbled over the thoughts I have on whether individuals are born gay or whether throughout their life experiences, they become exposed to certain situations that then changes their psyche on how they feel about themselves.
Of course, Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn Jenner, has said in his interview with Diane Sawyer last month that he does not consider himself to be gay, but rather a woman who was born into the wrong body and that he has struggled with this for many years. He even goes on to describe how his two previous wives, before Kris Jenner, knew of his desire to be a woman and yet shrugged it off as if he was going to grow out of it. This leads me to believe me that they thought he was not serious about this and that maybe this was something he “picked up”. It just becomes odd to me that two wives would feel this way about the same situation rather than becoming alarmed.
Now the real issue I face is not whether or not Bruce Jenner is gay or if he is doing this for attention as some people believe, but that we are praising Caitlyn Jenner as being some type of hero.
It takes a lot of courage to do something that goes against the norms of society, however, there are so many teens and young children whom are being ridiculed on a daily basis for their sexual orientation and this is going unnoticed…why arent we saying that these kids are heroes as well?
According to the Transgender Youth Statistics:
33% of transgender youth have attempted suicide
55% of transgender youth report being physically
90% of transgender youth reported feeling unsafe at school because of their gender expression
78% reported having been verbally harassed
48% reported having been the victim of assault, including assault with a weapon, sexual assault or rape.
We only see the stories of the teens have committed suicide or whom have been placed in a hospital because others could not accept their differences. But now, for Caitlyn Jenner, we are praising her a hero?
As harsh as this may sound, the real heroes to me are those young kids who still have the rest of their life to go through and have the rest of their life to be tormented by those who think it is somehow acceptable to make another human being suffer.
I praise Caitlyn Jenner for now becoming comfortable to be HER, but she is not my hero nor will I glorify her like many others will just because she is the stepfather of the famous Kardashian and Jenner sisters.
No, I will praise every young child who still goes to school each day, knowing that there will be other children who will throw things at them, say horrible and offensive things to them, and cannot be shielded by the lights of paparazzi nor be guarded by bodyguards to secure them in their every move. Those individuals are my hero and maybe Vanity Fair should place those individuals on their cover…