An Icon Tran­si­tions

ZOOMER Magazine - - POLICY -

Cait­lyn Jen­ner might be the only per­son who cap­tured more head­lines than the new Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau in 2015. At 66, the former Bruce Jen­ner, a de­cathlon gold medal­ist at the 1976 Mon­treal Sum­mer Olympics, came out as trans­gen­der dur­ing a tele­vised in­ter­view be­fore in­tro­duc­ing her­self as Cait­lyn Jen­ner on the cover of Van­ity Fair. Al­most overnight, she went from be­ing por­trayed as the goofy butt-of-the-joke dad on her fam­ily’s re­al­ity show Keep­ing Up With the Kar­dashi­ans to a wo­man in her 60s serv­ing as the face of the Amer­i­can trans­gen­der com­mu­nity and the next stage of LGBT ac­cep­tance and equal­ity. She also proved a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure, from her po­lit­i­cal beliefs to her com­ments on life as a wo­man, ig­nit­ing deeper dis­cus­sions about trib­al­ism in the cul­tural dis­course and con­demn­ing spe­cific views while cel­e­brat­ing the same per­son’s pro­gres­sive choices. Jen­ner proved that tran­si­tion­ing isn’t easy, both for the per­son do­ing it and for those at­tempt­ing to ac­cept it.

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