Husband of 9/11 Hero Sends Award Back Because of Caitlyn Jenner
Man returns 9/11 hero wife's Woman of the Year award because the same award was given to Caitlyn Jenner.A man whose NYPD officer wife was killed on 9/11 has just returned her posthumous "Woman Of The Year" award from Glamour magazine after the publication agave the same award to Caitlyn Jenner. James Smith, wrote in a now deleted Facebook post that his wife died while rescuing people from the Twin Towers on September 11th. The 38-year-old was the only female New York City Police Department officer killed.
In addition, James believes that Glamour "trivialized the transgender experience".From BuzzFeed:
As a police officer in NYC, my precinct covered a shelter for transgendered youth. On several occasions I responded there to take reports or give aid to suicidal youths. I listened to their stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Young people thrown out of their houses or fleeing from unlivable conditions. They didn’t have the luxury of being part of the Kardashian circus. They weren’t living in a Malibu Barbie beach house surrounded by what passes for family in Hollywood. They were truly brave people fighting hourly for existence. When Mr. Jenner said the hardest part about being a woman was figuring out what to wear, he proved to me that he is not truly a woman, and had not earned the right to call himself one. He trivialized the transgender experience as I had witnessed it, and he insulted women in general. Glamour honored Laverne Cox last year, and it was a good choice which I applaud. Contrast her story to Jenner’s. I truly believe Jenner’s award was a publicity stunt and cheapens a once prestigious award.
Many of the commenters on Smith's post supported his open letter.
Glamour responded to BuzzFeed news by saying the following:
Glamour was proud to honor Police Officer Moira Smith in 2001 and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner among our class of winners in 2015. Caitlyn Jenner has helped shine a light on the problems faced by transgender youth and given voice to a community that is often unheard.Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognizes brave, bold women who in their individual ways have all made a significant difference in the world.”Ultimately, Glamour stands by their decision to give Caitlyn Jenner the award despite the recent backlash.