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I’m not much of a follower of reality TV. I knew of Bruce Jenner as an Olympic champion and had a vague idea he was related to the Kardashians in some way. A year or so ago I heard my wife and mother-in-law discussing tabloid rumors about Bruce and it sure sounded to me like he was in the beginning stages of a transition. As things progressed for Bruce I started to worry about how this would play out with the media being ever so close to him.

I’ve seen several of the interviews before and after his transition to Caitlyn and have been pleasantly impressed. I think Caitlyn does a good job of putting into words the things TG people feel and worry about and the difficulties they face both internal and external. I especially admire her humility and willingness to admit when she doesn’t have an answer or have it all figured out; and that the uncertainty of certain aspects of her situation has not prevented her from going forward.

I’ve seen very little of the “I am Cait” reality show and hope it doesn’t progress into more and more content that is designed to produce ratings. But so far I like her honesty and integrity in her approach to her situation. She knows it will be hard and that people will naturally find it confusing and that even she is learning as she goes. I was particularly impressed with her speech at the Espy’s when she said,

“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.”

I suppose my only concern is that people who are trying to be open-minded about TG persons might confuse “transgendered” with “transsexual” and will now assume that all cross-dressers hope to someday have sex changes.

But for now, I think she has been a good spokes person for the TG community and has brought the issue to the forefront of our society like never before.

I don’t expect that Crossdressing will ever be accepted as mainstream behavior but hope one day in the future people will see cross-dressing as no more eccentric than those at a Harley Davidson Biker rally, a Mountain Man rendezvous, or an Oakland Raiders football game. All are usually just normal people that like to dress up and take on another identity temporarily to immerse themselves in something they enjoy. And considering the surge in popularity of Comic-con style cos-play…the future may not be too far off.

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