Thursday, July 16, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner (ESPY Award)
Caitlyn Jenner was given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night's ESPY ceremony. A video was shown during the award ceremony which was moving and surprisingly well-done -- it explained the core difficulty of being transgender. Jenner's experience is universal.
At times I felt the video was describing my life. Being told from birth that you are unacceptably different profoundly affects your development. You struggle to understand what people expect from you and then you labor to give them that. The unnaturalness of the charade is merely a price you pay to fit into society. Conformity, and the fear of social ostracism for non-conformity, rule your life until you courageously opt out and declare your selfhood.
Some, who don't understand the lives of transgender people, criticize giving Jenner an award for courage. Ironically, it is their ignorance and intolerance that made it courageous for Bruce to reveal herself as Caitlyn.
The video is narrated by Jon Hamm. You can see it here.