The history of Western society's obsession with women's looks can be traced through the often peculiar, but revealing, history of gender representation on the ballet stage. Ballet's twin aesthetic of ethereal beauty and youthful sexual allure -- with an idealized view of women at the focal point -- has been achieved over centuries of restrictive body ideals and a monastic discipline.
Even if Caitlyn is setting an impossible standard for acceptance, she is only one early step toward acceptance for people of all gender expressions. We've come a long way over the last 10 and even five years. In your lifetime we will come even farther. You're an important part of that work.
My truth is not yours, nor my female identity yours, either. But I have my truth and my female identity, and all I ask is that you respect mine as I respect yours. I have travelled through the world as a woman and been shaped by it, just not for as long as you.
Today, post-Jenner, with the surrender of many religious conservatives on the impending "redefinition of marriage," they can no longer afford to treat trans persons as afterthoughts. We must be attacked head-on theologically. That, however, is proving to be rather difficult.
As I read about people criticizing social media for calling Caitlyn Jenner a hero, I think of my friend and all she went through. A hero is someone who puts other lives before their own. A hero can come in many forms.
We often hear that some folks 'have a problem' with transgender people. While we understand the complexities, especially for those with deeply held beliefs, we know that discrimination is, quite frankly, always discrimination. And it needs to stop.
Snoop, Timbaland and Drake Bell, I'm surprised by your insensitivity to Caitlyn Jenner. But Connor Cruise and Mike Huckabee, your ignorance about transgender people is majorly dismaying.
Our youth deserve every break they can get on their transition journey. In her interview with Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn expressed a desire to do what she can to help transgender youth. I am looking forward to her being in the struggle with the rest of us that just want to live our lives in safety and with dignity. We all need to pull together and do what we can to make things better for the younger generation.
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Excusing my flaws under the blanket of gender identity was easier than wrestling with them. I threw in the towel, and, over time, the resignation in my heart aged into acceptance.
Vanity Fair is the perfect forum for Caitlyn Jenner's introduction. Annie Leibovitz, Graydon Carter and the editorial team at Vanity Fair consistently strike a smart balance between art, news and human interest.
When one person becomes synonymous with an entire group, it's easy to forget that her experiences are not the norm.
Raskin became Renee in 1975 and eventually decided to play professionally as a woman, which she did with a good deal of success between 1977 and 1981 (by which time she was 47). Richards faced a storm of controversy, befuddlement and derision for who she was.
As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, I want to proudly reinforce my continued commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our federal family, and recognize the incredible contributions this community has made in service to the American people.
It was Monday June 1, 2015 that the landscape changed forever as if the entire planet was slammed by Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, as we were introduced to Caitlyn Jenner in all her cover girl beauty and glory.
Her success was part of the reason I transitioned to track and field after my hockey career came to a screeching halt as a goalie at Malden Catholic High School (MA). MC was great at hockey... I was not, so it was on to track.