Years from now it is likely that the furore being experienced in the hearts and (I guess they are) minds of some folks is going to seem quaint and adorable by most of the people who are still around to remember this one earth-shattering thing that has happened that can now never unhappen:
BRUCE JENNER IS TRANS.
OMGOMGOMGOMG! Where's the bomb shelter? How do I protect my children? What has this world come to that a man's man like Bruce is now a lady named Caitlyn? It's an outrage!! He can't be a she! He's a he and he needs to be a he because if he is now a she then all my teenage broodings over how great a 'he' he was are now in vain because he was living a lie and liars are sinners and sinners go to hell and in my Heaven Bruce Jenner should be there gleaming like the god he is, medals around his burly neck and his glorious hair blowing in the celestial breeze! Damn!
Who wants to be a LADY, for crying out loud?
I am a lady, who never really felt all that 'girly.' Don't think that makes me less of a lady because I tend to not think like one. Does that make me a boy? No.
I have a sound mind, a strong one, even, and while I don't tip around in girly acroutrements and preen over hair and makeup or get tall worked up over the newest fashions and manicure styles and Who Has The Biggest Diamond, I can be as much of a lady as the next man. Or female. I don't think it's about the outside as much as the inside, in other words.
I am a lady, who often feels much more like a guy. I'm basic, simple, and now that I'm old I have much less drama and hormones to flood my physical being with what was chromosomally determined at conception, I have pared back to what I believe I really am, which is a PERSON.
Imagine. Wanting to be the person you are. What nerve.
Well, Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner has been trying to be what she isn't for well over 30 years. THIRTY. Let her have a moment when she feels just right in who she is, even if the plumbing might not match the rest of the remodel. Who gives a tiny crap about something as insignificant as that, when someone can finally say something as banal (to me) as 'hey, I like jeans and a tee just fine, no need for pantyhose and perfume here,' or, more likely, 'I like me in a dress and heels and big hair like Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias.'
Word: It's not the end of the world. This transitioning doesn't reflect on YOUR gender situation (unless it does, and then I hope in some way what is happening right now helps you). It's not as though this sort of thing has never happened before. This is not the first time. It's HER first time, though, and I think that while it might be confusing and strange and really uncomfortable for some folks, in the end it's about finding what make a person comfortable and at peace that matters, and not what they wear or who they are becoming, or have become.
It's just not that huge a deal, except for him. A little support would be great instead of a heaping helping of obnoxious bullying and creepy innuendo (Mike Huckablech!).
God. Give me a spirit of graciousness and understanding in this moment. Remind me to be civil and not fan flames of hatred and discomfort. Let me be the open arms, the understanding heart, the sought-for peace.