The value of the spotlight
I was stunned at the tone-deaf nature of Kathleen Parker’s June 3 op-ed column on Caitlyn Jenner, “A transgender cover girl.” Usually, I find Ms. Parker’s comments thoughtful.
At a time when transgender people are being vilified, shunned and murdered, the need for highprofile, attractive representatives could hardly be more important. The suicide rate among transgender people is shockingly high. Sharing every step and experience of Ms. Jenner’s transition will go far to humanize what it means to be transgender.
Sidney Poitier (among others) played this role for black people. Ellen DeGeneres played it for lesbians. Elton John played it for gay men. People fear and hate what they do not know, and Ms. Jenner is doing everything possible to see that people know what it means for someone to be transgender.
She may save lives, heal families and educate masses in a way no teacher or columnist ever could.
Michael Rios, Arlington