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Caitlyn Jenner preparing to help the transgender community

Caitlyn’s Journey

Today I watched the first episode of I Am Cait. She spent a few days with some very interesting transgendered ladies from as far away as New York State.

Caitlyn Jenner's $3.5million Malibu Beach home.

They chatted, and got to know each other in Caitlyn’s lovely Malibu Beach home.

Caitlyn was the newest to transition and expressed most concern about the pitch of her voice and her unreadiness to be seen in a swimsuit. Join the club, Caitlyn!  The other ladies were many years into it and were very comfortable with who they were.

 

The Hostess with the Mostess

Caitlyn hosted the ladies in Los Angeles then they traveled together in a hired tour bus to San Francisco to visit with the Human Rights Commission and listen to the stories of a couple of transgendered women survivors of sexual abuse, assault and discrimination.

Homeless Trans-woman

These women were typical of economically challenged trans-women. Many are homeless-chronically unemployed, emotionally challenged and are forced to earn a meager living in the sex trade. This community’s needs are great and it is looking to Caitlyn to provide the long awaited celebrity voice, no matter how gruff, to educate and inspire sympathy from the public.

The Blinders of Privilege

One of the guests was Jenny Boylan, national co-chair of the Board of Directors of GLAAD, the media advocacy group for LGBT people worldwide. Ms Boylan expressed some concern about Caitlyn’s privileged life dimming her ability to see clearly and appreciate the tribulations of a lower placed transitioning woman.

V.I.P. Name Tag

I admit that Caitlyn did come across a tad spoiled and I might be mistaken but I even think I spotted….dare I say it, a hint of chauvinism. It’s bound to happen. It’s a straight male entitlement that unfortunately isn’t affected by hormone therapy but it’s something that Caitlyn’s going to have to work on along with the pitch of her voice.

Womanhood

Becoming a woman is not an easy transition. Being a woman isn’t easy either. It’s not all lipstick and pantyhose. It comes with many trials. We often cannot protect ourselves and are frequently the target of assaults both physical/sexual and emotional.

Sometimes it feels like there is a war being waged against women in generalwords of aggression and that’s why trans-women are attacked with such a vengeance.

To be clear, I hold great promise for Caitlyn, that she will accomplish what she has set out to do. There is no doubt that she will make the difference in many lives through her advocacy, love and strong but softening voice.

She has my total support.
Wishing you all and Caitlyn a kindness based life.
If you have something to say about this or any transgender issue please leave your comment below or email me at stephanie@transgenderfriendshipclub.com

Chelsea Manning: Lest We Forget

Remember Chelsea Manning –

legal appeal latest newsChelsea Manning Portrait

I just watched an interview with Nancy Hollander, the lawyer representing Chelsea Manning. In 2013 Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for disclosing classified information to Wikileaks while Manning was working for the United States Military in Iraq.  Ms Hollander says the punishment doesn’t fit the crime and is leading Chelsea’s appeal. 

Who is Chelsea Manning?

If you are not familiar with Chelsea Manning’s story, I urge you to read up.  I have my own opinions of the crime’s she’s said to have committed but that’s not the focus of my blog.  She’s an interesting and valuable human being and worth keeping up with. 

Chelsea Manning

In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. Manning emailed his military therapist the photo with a letter titled, “My problem,” in which he described his issues with gender identity and his hope that a military career would “get rid of it.” (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

During the time she served in the ranks she presented as Bradley Manning, a young male soldier.  It was during her ordeal of pre-trial torture and shortly after the trial that she was moved to reveal her true gender.  It was ironic that in the midst of her confinement she exercised her freedom to be honest, transparent and authentic. She announced her name as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning and so began living her truth.

“As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning says. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.

According to a memo obtained by USA TODAY, it’s a first for the Army, Chelsea Manning has been approved for hormone therapy for transition to a woman at the Army’s Fort Leavenworth prison.

Chelsea has been confined for 5 years now but she is very active.

Writing in the Guardian last December, Manning set out her view of gender identity as one of the great civil rights issues of modern day.

According to the editor in chief of Guardian US, Katherine Viner, Ms. Manning will write on war, gender and freedom of information.

In addition to being a contributing opinion writer for the Guardian, Chelsea has also given her first full length interview to Cosmopolitan Magazine.

To your kindness-based life.

Stephanie