27 Mar Transgender Represented Around the World
Caitlyn Jenner was one of the first major celebrities to reveal themselves as a transgender in the United States. The reaction to this shocking reveal was monumental, as the former Bruce Jenner came out on national television, showing how far the country has progressed over the years.
The Vanity Fair cover of the Caitlyn Jenner reveal oozed with confidence and beauty and the public reaction to it further demonstrated an overwhelming support for Caitlyn. However, this move also came with no small amount of controversy attached. Vogue highlighted the continued impact the Caitlyn Jenner reveal had on the transgender community in their article:
Vogue published an article about the impact Caitlyn Jenner has had on the transgender community in:
A day broke the Internet with the release, there’s more to talk about than her gorgeous portrait. After shattering Twitter Records and revealing her true self to the world, Jenner’s officially become one of the most famous transgender people in the world. In a video released today for Vanity Fair, Jenner thanked those who came before her.
There [are] a lot of very intelligent women,” she said. “You look at some of the people, the pioneers trying to get the message out, Janet Mock, Geena Rocero, Carmen Carrera. Back in the eighties I was alone. I’m kind of following in their footsteps. They made it easier for me. I hope with my honesty, I can make it easier for somebody else down the line.
It’s a carefully worded acknowledgement of transgender pioneers that couldn’t be better timed.Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox applauded Jenner Tuesday morning in an open letter that also offered a nuanced reaction to the Vanity Fair cover, tapping into an ongoing conversation about the conflict of traditional beauty standards and transgender identity. “Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful,” she wrote, “but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities.”
We are now witnessing the transgender community gaining more visibility in the United States as well as throughout the world. The French edition of Vogue just announced the first transgender model to be on the cover of its magazine. Read about it in Refinery 29‘s article about the French Vogue cover below:
Yet again, the French appear to be one Louboutin-clad heel ahead of America in the race toward representative diversity in the fashion industry. Despite being a few years late to Beverly Johnson’s cover of American Vogue in 1974, it was 1988 when Naomi Campbell became the first African-American model to cover French Vogue. In 2007, then-editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld put Andre J., a black, androgynous model, next to Carolyn Murphy on its November cover, solidifying its status as the leader in high-fashion glossies that go beyond fashion and get people talking. Today, the publication continues that stride with its March cover, which features transgender model Valentina Sampaio.
Shot by photographer duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot and styled by the glossy’s editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt, the cover is accompanied by the text ‘Transgender beauty: How they’re shaking up the world.” The cover was released this morning, in the middle of New York Fashion Week, where the topic of diversity on the runways continues to be a dominant industry conversation.
It isn’t just in the entertainment and fashion industry where the transgender community has gained recognition. Now, everyday people are also standing up for more transgender rights in their communities as well. This story explains how one police officer is trying to help trans patients receive better medical care:
In 2013 England’s National Health Service’s (NHS) changed protocol for gender dysphoria patients, asking general practitioners to refer to a gender clinic — which can offer much needed services like hormone treatment, hair removal treatments, and family support groups. Yet, many GPs still refer first to a counselor who may have little to no experience with gender identity.
Gina Denham, a transgender police officer in England, is teaming up with the NHS to change that, according to Echo. It’s her hope to provide trans patients in the area the support they need during transition, and get them access to one of the 7 designated NHS gender identity clinics in England.
“One of the biggest barriers and potential cost to the NHS is our GPs sending our members to have counseling when they are meant to be referred to a gender clinic,” Denham told Echo. “The GP just seems to ignore your request and sends you to counseling to try and cure you.”
When she started to transition in 2014, Echo reports, Denham went to about 65 counseling sessions — many of which were unnecessary.
Thanks in part to modern technology and advancements in medicine, we have the tools for transgender individuals to transform into the person they always felt they were on the inside. At the end of the day, people are people, even those that feel they were born into a gender that they do not identify as. Everyone deserves their basic human rights, and in a world with active wars and natural disasters, is gender identity really that important? Maybe it is better to focus on working together to live in harmony, rather than animosity spawned by ignorance.
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