The Name’s Jenner… Caitlyn Jenner

By Kahina Ray

It was around 11:00AM on the 1st of June when Bruce Jenner reintroduced himself to the world as Caitlyn Jenner. Bruce Jenner, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star who was formerly married to Kris Kardashian, created a new twitter page as Caitlyn Jenner with his first tweet being a picture of his cover spread with Vanity Fair magazine entitled “Call Me Caitlyn”. Before the end of the day, this tweet had been retweeted by over 200,000 people! On June 1st, 2015, Caitlyn Jenner broke the Internet and stirred up mixed emotions all over the world.

A photo from Jenner's spread in Vanity Fair that hits news stands on June 9th.

A photo from Jenner’s spread in Vanity Fair that hits news stands on June 9th.

Following his heartbreaking and emotional interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner’s ability to publicly display his transition to womanhood demonstrates strength and courage. Jenner tweeted:

“I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”

Touching, right? Yet, regardless of how liberated Caitlyn may feel, the question that’s causing a division in society is this: do we accept this man…this man that has been a man for 65 years, that has grandchildren who once called him “grandDAD”…as a woman? This is not a new debate; the argument of acceptance of the transgender community has been going on for several decades. What’s different this time around is that in this generation we may finally have a resolution.

While there will always be those who live to hate transgendersim, it is safe to say that in this generation, it is widely accepted. Caitlyn Jenner not only sent the Internet into an uproar with the releasing of photos from his photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz, he also broke a world record. That’s right, at 65 years old, Caitlyn Jenner has broken a record by reaching over 1 million twitter followers in just 4 hours! If that’s not showing support, I don’t know what is! Regardless of whether it was a good or bad, right or wrong decision, the decision was HIS  to make, and now SHE’S happy. There may be a ton of social and moral laws against transgenderism, but there’s not a single law against making yourself happy; I think I’ve found something that the world can agree on: happiness. If we can’t all accept his decision to be a woman, we can at least all accept his decision to finally be happy.

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