Monday marked a historic day for the transgender community when Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair’s June issue.
And as soon as photographs of Caitlyn, dressed in draping designer gowns and jewels, hit the internet, Twitter users started sounding off. While reactions to Jenner’s identity have been mixed, support for Caitlyn has overwhelmingly taken over the internet, reinvigorating the conversation surrounding the future of transgender rights.
President Obama took to Twitter to express his support for Caitlyn, posting photos from her Vanity Fair spread with the message “It takes courage to share your story.”
It takes courage to share your story. https://t.co/Q7wWjV9Rxx
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 1, 2015
Former supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks also sent her love to Caitlyn in a simple tweet that acknowledged the public figure’s arrival.
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) June 1, 2015
Other stars, including Kerry Washington, transgender activist Janet Mock, and Shonda Rhimes also offered kind words to Caitlyn via social media.
CAITLYN!!!!!!!!!! Love this. So happy for her. https://t.co/YOo4kdBOJl
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 1, 2015
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 1, 2015
But the show of support didn’t stop many from voicing their opinions about Caitlyn’s debut, including many who insisted on calling Caitlyn by her former name. No matter your personal preference, the truth remains that transgender women are women and transgender men are men, whether they are Black, White, Asian, etc.
And what they choose to be identified as is valid. It matters.
Would you agree? Let us know in the comments section below.
SOURCE: Twitter | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter
12 Interesting Facts About Bruce Jenner
1. Though he would eventually prove to be great at sports, Bruce lost his passion for academics early on in life due to his struggle with dyslexia. He went on to flunk the second grade.Source:Splash News 1 of 10
2. It was not a surprise that Bruce Jenner excelled at athletics, as his father competed in the 1945 U.S. Army Olympics, bringing home a silver medal, and his grandfather ran in the Boston Marathon many times.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. Bruce Jenner might spend all of his time in Malibu now, but he was born in Mount Kisco, New York on October 18th, 1949.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. After becoming an Olympic gold medalist in the 1970s, he was propelled into fame - Bruce is quoted as saying in part: "What I was hiding was that I had the same mindset as the nervous dyslexic schoolboy hiding from my teacher."Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. Though Bruce didn't have much interest in academics, he did go to college - mostly as a way to avoid getting drafted into the army.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. According to Bruce, in 1990, he was living "in a one-bedroom Los Angeles bungalow, my sink piled high with dirty dishes and my living room decorated with a dried-out Christmas tree."Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. Things turned around for Bruce when he met Kris. So it's no surprise, they married just 5 months after they met in 1990.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. Bruce is the proud owner of Bruce Jenner Aviation, a company that sells model aircrafts, as well as aircraft parts.8 of 10
9. Bruce recently admitted to the world that he's had a life-long struggle with gender, and will be transitioning into a woman. His entire family supports him.9 of 10
10. Bruce Jenner's net worth is reportedly more than 3x that of Kris Jenner's, and is estimated to currently be at about $100 million.Source:Getty 10 of 10
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