Caitlyn Jenner (and I’m only going to say this once: “The megababe formerly known as Bruce Jenner”) has arrived in the most spectacular style imaginable – in a bustier, on the cover of Vanity Fair, shot by Annie Leibovitz. It is the most ridiculous, bold, life-affirming and gloriously overblown celebrity transition ever. Until now, no one had ever come out in such style.
The cover is instantly iconic, up there with other Vanity Fair masterpieces like the pregnant Demi Moore. Caitlyn Jenner is not messing about. She couldn’t have picked a more provocative, attention-grabbing and, let’s face it, fabulous way to introduce herself to the world had she arrived at a press conference, on a beach, floating on a golden conch shell.
Read more on the Guardian.
We used to dislike the term “brave”, we prefer “courageous” being used with someone’s coming out. For us, brave envelops the idea of surviving through physical harm like an adjective to describe a war veteran or a domestic abuse survivor.
We were wrong. The word, “brave”, ought and should be used to describe the tenacity of the people who want to live their lives by being true to themselves, like Caityln Jenner. The world sometimes can be so unforgiving to people who don’t fit into a certain mold, that society has decided to categorise them based on a very limited understanding of what is going on around us.
Can you imagine living in a glass box where people who throw stones at you but you are protected behind anonymous masks 24/7 for the rest of your life? These ill-threats sometimes are not just verbal, they can manifest into something literal. That takes courage. That takes bravery. We wish it wouldn’t be but the world is still slowly moving forward socially.
The subject of transgender has only been recently put on such a public display. If you’re unsure or want to learn more on how to address this properly, the wonderful people at Boing Boing have kindly provided us with a guide and a glossary. Read it here.