Fact Check Your Anti-Caitlyn Posts

Caitlyn Jenner has officially made her debut, but that's probably old news now, since it's all anyone is talking about. The reaction has been surprisingly positive. I love Laverne Cox's response, and I'm glad that people are already calling out the emerging sexism.

Of course, not everyone is supportive. Let's start with why this is important, so we're all on the same page, yeah? Transgender individuals are more likely to commit suicide. They are more likely to be homeless, and they are more likely to murdered or attacked. If I may sum it up in an understatement, this is a pretty big deal, so to come out as transgender is pretty damn brave. Was the transition probably easier for someone with the money and means to? Of course. Is it being sensationalized? Of course. But that doesn't mean that Caitlyn's transition isn't important, or that we shouldn't talk about it. Caitlyn's transition helps bring attention to the issues that transgender individuals are facing.

One of my Facebook friends shared this. Not only is it blatantly transphobic in its attempt to marginalize the progress and attention that a transgender individual is getting, it's just not true. It's never been true. That award has never had a runner up.

As I see post after post about Bruce Jenner's transition to a woman, and I hear words like, bravery, heroism, and...

Another friend shared this. Again, same issues. And again, fake source. It's not even a picture of real people. It's staged with army men, as part of an art project by (are you ready for this?) a man who was nearly beaten to death for cross-dressing. The original poster addressed this in a follow up post the next day.

Let me be very, very clear that I have the utmost respect for our soldiers. But these aren't competing issues, both deserve attention. Please stop trying to use it as an excuse to put down Jenner. You don't have to like her, but you owe her the same respect you'd give to any other human being. If you're going to post crap, fact check your sources. Or not, it just makes it clearer who I should unfriend.

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