This is not about Bruce Jenner – this is about transphobia.
In recent news, Bruce Jenner, a former olympian and TV star, has been plastered all over the internet because it has been *rumoured* that they have decided to transition to a woman.
Since the media likes to make a big deal out of these things and perpetuate the confusion between transitioning, gender identity, and sexual orientation, I decided to not write about Bruce Jenner’s personal life and when they will decide to be open about transitioning, but rather go through a Trans101 anti-ignorance list with you.
“Transgender is when your gender identity doesn’t match the gender assigned to you.”
So in other words, gender does not always match up with a person’s genitals.
- A trans man is someone who is assigned the gender of ‘woman’ at birth, but identifies as a man.
- A trans woman is someone who is assigned the gender of ‘man’ at birth, but identifies as a woman.
It is important to not confuse gender identity with sexual orientation – these two are NOT the same thing and do not affect each other. The gender you identify as will not dictate what sex you are attracted to!
Lastly, gender identity does not speak to someone’s genitals or decision to transition. This is irrelevant personal information that only a trans person undergoing a transition might decide to open up to you about if you are close friends!
Remember when the issue of Time magazine came out last year with Laverne Cox [click to hear her eye-opening story] on the cover? That was a proud moment. Let’s not forget this kind of acceptance for all trans people.
So, at the end of the day, whether Bruce has revealed a different identity than the one we know, or decided to transition, it is really none of our business, and it is most definitely not a reason to start bullying someone about their personal life.
Here is a good ol’ Russel Brand rant to put you in your place, and just below it, yet another informative Laci Green video to educate, just in case you’re still confused!