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Is Caitlyn Jenner The Rght Poster Girl For Trans Equality?

Is Caitlyn Jenner The Rght Poster Girl For Trans Equality?

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has once again captured the world’s attention.  And this time not as America’s beloved 1976 Olympic gold medal decathlete or patriarch in the  TV reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

This time Jenner captures the world’s eye, applauses and admiration for her bravery to come out as a trans woman debuting on the July cover of  “Vanity Fair” magazine.

And she looks AMAZING!!

Laverne Cox,  transgender activist and actress on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black," wrote on her Tumblr, “Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities.”

MSNBC commentator and trans author Janet Mock gleefully chimed in with her tweet: “Introducing Ms. Caitlyn Jenner on the cover  of @Vanity Fair: #CallMeCaitlyn #girls like us.”

And President Obama giving his thumbs up stated “It takes courage to share your story.”

While a world of supporters applaud Ms. Jenner’s courage act of coming out there are always more than a handful who don’t. 

Drake Bell, the star of Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh” tweeted his transphobic remark stating “Sorry….still calling you Bruce’’ to his 3.22 million followers.

And Mike Huckabee’s, 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, bone-headed remark that was intended to insult Jenner instead  informed American voters just how utterly clueless  and outdated he is. 

“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’”

To date, Jenner is the most recognizable transwoman with  a global platform who can give visibility and advocacy to  transgender civil rights. But will it?

Among Jenner’s supporters there are mixed feelings of how the Vanity Fair spread disturbingly promotes white “cisnormative beauty standards.” Many media outlets have gleefully shown Jenner’s doppelgänger to be movie actress Jessica Lange.

In critiquing how certain transwomen  appearances fit hegemonic notions of beauty and femininity, African American Morehouse College professor, CNN commentator and LGBTQ ally  Marc Lamont Hill tweeted on three separate occasion his concerns:

“Between the Vanity Fair spread and