Hero or Zero
What do we consider a hero? It’s been a point of contention lately with the publicity of Caitlyn’s transition from Bruce (Jenner, obviously). With pictures like the ones below circulating on social media, I feel I must weigh-in.
So, the first thing that I want to put out there is the definition of a hero. From Dictionary.com:
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal:
Besides the peculiar use of masculine pronouns we can look into the actions that define being a hero.
Admired for a brave deed.
Is regarded as a model or ideal.
This is the Vanity Fair article, I would really encourage you to read it. Especially those of you who are against the idea that Caitlyn’s transition is real and should be respected. The decision to make the transition from one gender to another must be a hard one to make; the decision to make that transition publicly must be even more arduous.
I’m doing it to help my soul and help other people.
Everyone goes through difficulties in life. Someone who publicizes their struggles for the benefit of others should be recognized for their bravery. Perhaps even with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Think about the last really difficult thing you went through, let’s say you are a public figure and just imagine the intimate questions you would have to answer because the world feels entitled to an answer. Not only that but whatever you are going through someone, somewhere, has gone through it before and someone, somewhere will go through it in the future. Being the person who publicly faces these challenges for the sake of others could even be called a noble quality.
Those more right-leaning of my readers are unlikely to know the struggle that is faced daily in the LGBT (whatever extra letters you want to add) community. Even though we aren’t all, strictly speaking, a member of the community, my left leaning friends and family understand that the LGBT community needs those people who can make their struggle public to make the path less intimidating for future members. In fact making that public stance would probably make that person some sort of model or ideal to look to.
So, yes, I agree that Caitlyn is deserving of the title hero.