He introduced himself as Caitlyn Jenner

Rae AnthonyDear Diary,

There had been lots of speculation that Olympian and father figure to the Kardashian clan, Bruce Jenner, had been transitioning or should I say morphing, (seems more apt), into a woman.

The signs were all there: removal of Adam’s apple, manicured nails, facial enhancements, woman like hair, subtle female apparel, amongst others. Later down the line, he was caught wearing a dress. These signs were plastered on every media platform imaginable.

Our curiosity was finally fed when the 65-year-old Olympian underwent surgery to physically change his appearance to “become a new woman”. With this birth, a new name came along: he introduced himself as “Caitlyn Jenner”.

A number of people worldwide publicly praised his new look, deeming him “brave”.

In fact, on Wednesday of this week, the ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards), awarded “Caitlyn” an Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Note well that “Caitlyn” was not awarded for his sporting accomplishments, but transition, as it is “inspirational”; please digest this.

The idea of people glorifying his transition was unfathomable. I found it a tad ludicrous. Now, if you have been reading my column for a long time, you will know that I am never one to discriminate; it is wrong to do so.

However, I refuse to applaud one becoming a part of this community. If one was born a male or female that was how God intended it to be. I believe that one can feel that they were meant to be another sex or attracted to another sex. It is possible. We all face various struggles in life and we can never understand certain situations fully till we are in that position.

This does not mean I will stand for it though. I will not echo the mantra, “Love Wins”.

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, then you are aware that this slogan was adopted after gay marriage became legal in the U.S and applies to the Trans community as well.

All sin is sin, yes. However, at the end of the day, I don’t think it is okay to teach our children that changing one’s sex is perfectly okay. There is nothing okay about that and we should inform our children of that. We should teach them that they should never develop a hate towards members of the gay and Trans community for that too is wrong; teach them that it is not okay to applaud the behaviour.

I do not think it is right to yell “It’s wrong! You’ll be damned!”

What I think is better, is to deal with the situation logically. Talk it out in the best way possible. Don’t cuss, throw knives and forks and expect the individual to change instantly. That’s preposterous.

I also don’t think it is easy for a person to change what they think they are. However, you can pray for them, and maintain a good relationship with them. By doing this, and also informing them that it is not right, you have played your part.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Rae A.

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