25.4.15

Bruce Jenner's Interview was Incredible


My reaction to the Bruce Jenner interview as an averagely informed woman about gender dysphoria is compassion. As he teared up in the first minutes of the interview with Diane Sawyer, I found myself tearing up and feeling for him.

What is gender dysphoria? According to Wiki, Gender identity disorder (GID) or gender dysphoria is the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who experience significant dysphoria (discontent) with the sex and gender they were assigned at birth. Evidence suggests that people who identify with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth may do so not just due to psychological or behavioral causes, but also biological ones related to their genetics, the makeup of their brains, or prenatal exposure to hormones.

I hope this interview will help people understand more about transgender people. People tend to judge and forsake what they do not understand. People can be amazing and loving, they can also be hurtful and destructive. I believe in God, I believe in love, faith and hope. I also believe that sometimes, religion is a vehicle promoting people's views rather than God's love and I've grown past the naivete to believe that every single thing written in the "holy books" was from God's mouth. I feel very strongly about this and I stand by my beliefs no matter what. Trans people are not sick in the head, they are just like you and me. They want to fit in a world riddled with judgments and social prejudice. 

If the world was more aware and understanding, Bruce Jenner wouldn't have lived a life of confusion and feeling the need to hide. every 3 days, someone dies because they are transgender. This issue touches the LGBT community on a daily basis. People will commit suicide because they would rather die than face the horrific treatment their true selves will face. And if they decide to come out as theiir true selves, they are horribly bullied, abused and pushed to the brink of despair. Can you imagine living everyday portraying someone else? The injustice of it! Just as we have fought and still fighting for the civil rights of black people, transgender people have a right to live happily and not be judged for who they are. trans kids and teenagers simply CANNOT FEEL LIKE DEATH IS THE ONLY WAY OUT. 

For example, for the past few years, Bruce Jenner has been subject of jokes, ridicules and what not because of his changing appearance. Yet, we hear and speak daily about bullying. Weather it's kids at school being bullied about their glasses, or because they are not in the "cool" clique, or kids being bullied because he wants to wear a dress or have nail polish on or she wants to have short hair and wear boy clothes, it is the same issue. No one should be bullied for who they are. We cannot speak on tv about stopping bullies and turn around and bully a man for finally finding the courage to be who is. How would these same people feel about being ridiculed for being who they are? And how about the pastors in churches preaching hate for LGBT people? What God condones this? Isn't God Love? 


I have a lot to say about this, I probably will. For now, my final thoughts about Bruce are that I command his courage to finally come out and live in the light of who he is. He probably inspired a lot of people around the world. I command his candor and I admire the fact that he has shone a light on an issue that shouldn't be an issue. Bruce, as an averagely informed person, you have opened my eyes and heart to understanding and fighting for a cause for human rights.


Check some good reads about the subject here.

Love and light,


Jenni



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