Monday, July 17, 2017

I am no great fan of Caitlyn Jenner but she deserves a fair measure of respect

Caitlyn Jenner
Photo credit: Us Weekly
The headline at LifeSiteNews reads: “Transgender Republican Bruce Jenner may run for Senate, will push LGBT agenda.” LSN is a far-right Catholic outlet.

Doug Mainwaring, who wrote that headline, wants to ensure that readers know that he does not approve of Caitlyn Jenner. This imbecile is an openly gay man who should realize that the same people who he writes for don't approve of him. The fact that he returned to his ex-lesbian wife is irrelevant to them. The fact that he writes bigoted anti-LGBT pieces is irrelevant to them. At the end of the day, he is just one more homosexual.

Repeating the very unoriginal party line that transgender people do not exist:
Former Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner is testing the waters for a future Senate run as a Republican candidate representing California.

The man who once graced the front of Wheaties boxes as a decathlon champion and who has since very publicly transitioned into a transgender TV reality show star wants to “help” Republicans regarding LGBT issues.
Mr. Mainwaring, petty fool that he is, does not get a say in how Caitlyn Jenner is addressed. Mr. Mainwaring, petty fool that he is, does not get a say regarding which pronouns are used in reference to Ms. Jenner. The rules of etiquette are clear and unambiguous. Ms. Jenner, and only Ms Jenner, gets to decide those matters. When did it become religious conviction to be deliberately disrespectful?
Jenner told radio show host John Catsimatidis on Sunday morning, “I work very closely with a group called the American Unity Fund whose mission statement is to get the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues. That’s my issue.”
American Unity Fund is a conservative group (with a libertarian bent) headed by Margaret Hoover. If nothing else it promotes the notion that conservative does not mean religious conservative.

Eventually:
Kids say the darndest things, including the truth when adults refuse to

Step-daughter Khloe Kardashian was asked during a 2016 interview what her kids call Jenner now that he has “transitioned.” She said her kids call Jenner “Caitlyn.”

However, Kardashian then modified her comment, explaining that her oldest son, “Mason knows ... we’ll sometimes call her Grandpa, like Grandpa Bruce. He’s the oldest, so he kind of knows. So we keep trying to teach him just out of respect. And he’ll say, ‘No, that’s Grandpa.’”

“No, that’s Grandpa.”
No one said that a transition was easy. It most certainly is not, particularly for older people. Mainwaring seeks to exploit Jenner's grandson's confusion (Mason is only seven-years-old, he was six at the time). That is neither kind nor caring. Ms. Kardashian is pitch-perfect. It is a matter of respect, something that Mainwaring should learn a thing or two about. One cannot extend respect in the absence of self-respect.

Meanwhile, Ms. Jenner is growing on me. She certainly seems to be comfortable with who she is and that sets a very good example. She is sending a message to parents that they would never receive without the messenger being as high profile as Jenner is. Furthermore, the LGBT community cannot be defined as a place for only liberal Democrats. Everyone should be welcome. The only qualifier should be support for the community. Sometimes I put up with Gregory T. Angelo (Log Cabin Republicans). I can put up with Caitlyn too. She is pretty brave.

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