Chang­ing to Cait­lyn

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

When it comes to LGBT (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der) is­sues, it’s hard to think of any re­cent ar­ti­cle un­re­lated to Propo­si­tion 8 or same­sex mar­riage that drew more let­ters to the edi­tor than art critic Christo­pher Knight’s front-page re­view of the Van­ity Fair cover fea­tur­ing Cait­lyn Jen­ner.

Also sig­nif­i­cant is the fact that nearly all the let­ters have been sup­port­ive of her tran­si­tion. Most of those who ex­pressed some mis­giv­ings over Jen­ner’s Van­ity Fair shoot di­rected their crit­i­cism at me­dia that cover all things Kar­dashian (Jen­ner, be­fore her tran­si­tion, was mar­ried to Kar­dashian fam­ily ma­tri­arch Kris Jen­ner).

Is this re­flec­tive of a broader shift in think­ing on LGBT is­sues?

— Paul Thorn­ton, let­ters edi­tor

Corona del Mar res­i­dent Bette Ma­son asks us to put Jen­ner’s tran­si­tion in per­spec­tive:

Enough al­ready. I ad­mired Bruce Jen­ner for his ath­letic achieve­ments as an Olympian. I have no prob­lem with her iden­tity now as Cait­lyn Jen­ner. The guts, stamina and drive re­quired to be­come one’s true iden­tity are not lost on me.

But can we take a col­lec­tive deep breath and put this in per­spec­tive? We have not yet cured can­cer. We have not yet made the world safe from the pos­si­bil­ity of nu­clear an­ni­hi­la­tion. We have not yet oblit­er­ated some of the world’s dead­li­est plagues. Re­li­gious wars con­tinue to eat away at the planet. Man’s in­hu­man­ity to man is rife.

So please, let’s put this very timely and in­ter­est­ing and per­sonal story in per­spec­tive. I re­peat: Enough al­ready.

Kathy Lan­dis of La­guna Woods has some words of en­cour­age­ment for Jen­ner:

Call me thrilled. Christo­pher Knight may pan leg­endary por­trait pho­tog­ra­pher An­nie Lei­bovitz’s pho­to­graph of Jen­ner as trite, but I find the Van­ity Fair cover photo stunning. More im­por­tantly, the new Ms. Jen­ner has com­manded and demon­strated the re­mark­able courage, per­se­ver­ance and de­ter­mi­na­tion that dis­tin­guished her as an Olympic cham­pion.

Carry on, Cait­lyn! More peo­ple than you know are in your cor­ner and wish you the best in what’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney with all sorts of so­cial me­dia track­ing your ev­ery word and act. Alan Aba­jian of Alta Loma calls for an end to the Kar­dashian-Jen­ner em­pire:

I do not un­der­stand the me­dia and the pa­thetic seg­ment of our pop­u­la­tion that is ob­sessed with any­thing Kar­dashian or Jen­ner. Wher­ever they go and what­ever they do they are fawned over, and I can’t think of a sin­gle rea­son for it. They have not ac­com­plished any­thing note­wor­thy, yet they are treated like kings and queens.

And now, Jen­ner’s tran­si­tion from Bruce to Cait­lyn is the news of the year. Words like “courage” and “ad­mi­ra­tion” are be­ing thrown around like she is some sort of war hero.

Please, peo­ple, give it a rest and get a life.

Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

A PHOTO of Cait­lyn Jen­ner on the July cover of Van­ity Fair is shown on the mag­a­zine’s Twit­ter site.

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