Hubs and I are thrilled with Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair coverage and the warm reception she’s received for coming out. We’re happy and excited for her, and we hope this helps transgendered persons everywhere find self-acceptance, experience social acceptance, and ultimately reach total equality on all fronts.
Her lovely appearance and genuine smiles sent my thoughts to transgendered persons we’ve known personally – persons without her resources, persons who don’t look “beautiful” in the traditional sense, persons whose bodies make it more difficult for the casual observer to recognize their gender.
So I was especially grateful to find yesterday’s Tumblr post by Laverne Cox, who appeared on the cover of Time Magazine’s issue “The Transgender Tipping Point” a year ago. She congratulated Caitlyn, of course – but then she pointed out many trans persons either can’t or don’t wish to conform to “cisnormative beauty standards,” about which she said the following: “For me it is necessary everyday to celebrate every aspect of myself, especially those things about myself that don’t align with other people’s ideas about what is beautiful.”
That’s what we wish, for everyone.