I watched Caitlyn Jenner accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage on TV the other night. More importantly I listened to her acceptance speech. My God I was impressed. She was beautiful to behold. She was glamorous old Hollywood. She was articulate, caring, humble, and grateful. Her presence was HUGE.
The statistics she quoted were staggering. For example, transgendered people are sexually assaulted 66% more often than non-transgendered people. Most of these survivors are living with post-traumatic stress disorders. Transgendered people are beaten, murdered and commit suicide more often than non-transgendered people.
Caitlyn made me sit up and take notice. She is here to make a difference. She is here to make up for lost time. Her mission and purpose are crystal clear. Her message was one of acceptance; inclusive, margin-less acceptance of trans-gendered people in general and trans-gendered youth in particular.
In closing she said “Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect,” she said. “From that respect comes a more compassionate community.”
Wishing you a kindness-based life.
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