This whole thing with Caitlyn Jenner is really bringing out ugliness in people. I’ve seen posts depicting soldiers in war scenes, stating that these guys are the true heroes. I’ve seen posts making note of Caitlyn’s “choice” to be transgender and how her “choice” will bring her profit. Well, here’s what I think. I think those soldiers fought for our freedom. Freedom from oppression and fear. Freedom to worship any god we choose or none at all. To speak our minds. To live the life we all deserve to live. Who are we to say that being transgender or gay or any other way of living other than heterosexual is a choice? It is no more a choice than it is for us to decide the color of our skin or eyes. To have people stand on their shiny, smug soapboxes called Faith and the Bible, I see it as Hate. The Bible teaches love, have you read it? Or have you chosen to twist the lessons therein to fit your own hateful agenda? Soldiers died so we can choose to hate those who want the same rights we all so callously take for granted each day; to live, to love and be loved, to be happy. I choose to celebrate with Caitlyn. She is a hero to those who believe you should fight for what is right. What is right is that everyone should have the chance for happiness.
I believe she deserved the ESPY award for the COURAGE she portrayed. People disagree because they don’t see her choice to be the person she wanted to be as courage. I say there are two types of courage in the world. Wounded veterans and patients, the type of courage these people have is Courage in the face of doubt. They were probably told several times that they couldn’t do all of the things they wanted to do. But why not? They said “Fuck you” and did it anyway. That shows a lot of strength from them, they showed all of those nonbelievers that they could do what they were told they couldn’t. Sure, this is courage, I’m not saying it’s not.
The kind of courage Caitlyn Jenner portrayed is courage in the face of society. You all know how society hangs over the world like a big, dark, scary cloud, ready to strike on anybody who doesn’t conform. Not only did Caitlyn do something that has, until recently, not been a very explored subject in all of society, but she put herself out there and she didn’t try to hide it. You can see the negativity of it everywhere. On the internet, in your own family, at your workplace. And it’s brought up so many issues that people have so far been afraid to talk about, so instead of facing it and saying “Bring it on” they hide behind their religion and throw bible quotes at people as their offensive move. But sooner or later people are going to stop listening and you’ll be just another biased voice in a sea of judgment and disapproval. While I’ll be partying in the acceptance tent with all of these happy people and there will rainbows and positive energy and shit.
Whether or not you agree is your choice.