Caitlyn Jenner & Haters

Jun 06

Recently I did a TV Interview with Shelly Horton of Mama Mia TV on my  Transgender Transition in the 80’s and my thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner.

At the time Caitlyn had not announced her name or her new identity officially but I was already being positive about her journey and what was to come.

The Effect of what Caitlyn Jenner and her very public Transgender Transition to me is bigger than any other Trans person has ever achieved or encountered.

Sure we have had many that have come close like Chaz Bono ( Cher’s son) and many wonderful public Trans people such as Christine Jorgensen, Rene Richards, Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera just to name a few, but none that have shared their total transition so publicly as Caitlyn Jenner.

She broke twitter records of people following her in a short time on social media  and this just goes to show already to me how her story will help make all Trans People’s Journeys easier through more public acceptance of us as people.

I look forward to a 8 part TV series starting in July called ‘Call me Cait’, as this will show a ‘real’ Caitlyn facing the world and not just the fabulous Caitlyn that we saw in the Glamorous Magazine Spread where she had a team of stylists, make up artists and superb photographers.

I LOVED this magazine spread and thought it was a Fab way to let the world see Caitlyn for the first time as herself. She had much worldwide support and social media was going crazy for days. I stood and applauded along with many of my friends.

But what shocked me was the amount of hate that also came Caitlyn’s way. I expected it from the unintelligent bogans, but what truly surprised me was how many other Trans people were negative about her journey.

I saw many comments  like ‘ She is making a mockery of Trans People’ & ‘She is transitioning too quickly and making it look to easy’

I am saddened at this attitude from Trans people. What happened to supporting each other ? Why would they not see the bigger picture of how this in the long run really will benefit us Trans people as we gain more acceptance from the world.

Have you forgotten that Caitlyn spent all of her life not feeling like she fitted her body but due to circumstances did not transition. Instead she led a hero Olympian life and followed that with a Movie Star Celebrity life whilst all the while hiding the secret of who and what she was. This is not a easy way to live and I am sure she had many moments of darkness over the years.

A Post from a Woman in Transgender Australia

A Post from a Woman in Transgender Australia

She tried to transition in the early 90’s but decided against it and now finally she is living life as she has been wanting to for 5 decades.  Sure she has progressed quickly as a Trans woman but please remember she has been on hormones and hiding it for nearly 2 years now along with small surgery procedures to slowly feminize herself. . Once her tell all interview had aired she had breast surgery and quickly had a facial makeover to be the stunning 65 woman we saw in Vanity Fair Magazine.

I think we should be applauding her for her and the fact that she has progressed so well and not discounting her for the $ she has and the help she is receiving.

For all the benefits she has through her celebrity status there is also just as many negatives of being such a public Transgender Woman. The haters would be overwhelming and its hard enough to transition, without all that extra pressure.

I have been a public Transgender Showgirl all my life and and get my fair share of haters, Ive had old Showgirl colleagues attack me on social media hating on me because of surgery Ive had, or comments Ive made and even just the other day I had an older gay man who’s biggest claim to fame was being a popular barmen in the 80’s called me names in the street, simply because of my high profile, attracting haters.

A Hater’s Post on Social Media about me

But this would be a mere 1% of what Caitlyn would be receiving & as such I now call for all Trans People to support Caitlyn and her journey and stand alongside me as I applaud.

Bring On Caitlyns TV Show

Where as once we had to hide away and live our lives in stealth, things have changed and I hope we can all be proud & loud that we are Transgender & Support each other.