The transgender community is not too happy with Caitlyn Jenner's transition.
Caitlyn Jenner's public transition was a highly orchestrated public relations
campaign. Her Twitter page @Caitlyn_Jenner, allowed for her to gain over 1 million follwers in a matter of a few hours, and the ESPY Awards announced Jenner will receive the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her bravery for publicly coming out as a transgender woman.
While Caitlyn Jenner's transition has become mostly a success, some people in the transgender community are not too happy.
“Caitlyn Jenner is just Kardashian 2.0,” Zoey Tur
, “Inside Edition” trans correspondent and host of KFI radio talk show, “He Said, She Said” toldTheWrap
. “I’ve received well over 100 messages from trans women who said they didn’t want to transition anymore because they feel that they can never live up to the Caitlyn Jenner ideal.”
Many people argue the Vanity Fair pictures and the well-known plastic surgeons
have made it extremely difficult for other people to transition.
“Trans women are feeling that the sexualized photos are actually a fetishized version of what men believe women should look like,” Tur said. “It’s an unattainable stereotype that will have a reverse effect on trans people.”
“Caitlyn is still very much kind of an out of reach Hollywood icon who doesn’t have to spare any expense to look absolutely marvelous,” said George Moll, executive producer of “Becoming Us,” a transgender docu-series which premieres Monday on ABC Family. “While I applaud Caitlyn, I think it’s glamorized to a point where it’s not anywhere near what the reality is for the vast majority of trans people.”
“She doesn’t necessarily represent the experiences of the majority of trans people,” said Laura Erickson-Schroth, an LGBT health and public psychiatry fellow with Columbia University. “I think many are middle or lower class; they’re people of color; they don’t have access to necessarily good mental health care, hormones, surgeries — the kind of things that Caitlyn might have access to, being someone who’s wealthy.”
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