Friday, June 5, 2015

MTV: Bruce Jenner as brave as veterans...


Via MTV News:
This image of U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway was shared all over the Internet. It was created as a negative response to ESPN announcing that Caitlyn Jenner would receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs — but the negativity, or transphobia, was hidden in the positive description of the vet’s bravery. ESPN later confirmed to MTV that there’s “no such thing as a runner up for the [Arthur Ashe Courage award].”
Not only are images like this misleading, they suggest that one kind of courage is more valid than another — that a transgender person’s bravery is less than that of a veteran or an athlete. When you consider the statistic that 40 percent of transgender people will attempt suicide, Caitlyn’s example of living her truth has the power to give strength to so many who feel alone, trapped or confused. That’s brave

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