Bruce Jenner is now publicly known as Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn has ‘come out’ to the world appearing on the July (2015) cover of Vanity Fair as transgendered. She claims she has furtively identified as a woman her whole life, although she was assigned a male at birth.
Whether you agree with Caitlyn’s decision or not, it is extraneous. Maybe you understand transgendered individuals are mentally ill (gender identity disorder), maybe it’s against your belief system or maybe you just feel uncomfortable around people who are different from you.
Doesn’t matter, Caitlyn has decided to quit living a secret life and emerge as who she feels she is on the inside. Her self-identification is not male, it is female. Trans people prefer to be addressed by the gender they identify with and not by the gender assignment at birth. Their gender expression is directly related to their gender identity, therefore their behavior will reflect their identity and not the birth assignment.
Caitlyn achieved fame by winning the gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics and recently appeared in the television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, both of which she presented herself to the world as Bruce. Caitlyn tweeted on June 1st that she is happy to be living as her ‘true’ self and can’t wait for people to get to know her.
According to a tweet from CNN’s Brian Stelter, ESPN will honor Caitlyn with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards in July. The award is given to individuals who exude strength in times of adversity.