Courage. There are more ways to define courage than just one. There are actually thousands of ways. If you were to ask 100 random people on the street how they would define courage or to give a story of someone they find courageous, I’m sure the vast majority would give you a unique description.
- Opportunities to be the voice of a group of people that might be too scared for their lives to speak up.
- Opportunities to make a difference.
- Opportunities to bring awareness to the thousands of deaths that don’t make the news because people don’t feel that killing someone over their gender identity is worthy for the world to hear.
- But we live in a society that cares more about what celebs are wearing and who’s marrying who than the 7 transgender women who have been been killed already this year. (Of the deaths that have been reported or investigated)
- Opportunities to make a change.
Laverne Cox is just one transgender woman who has used her fame to educate people of violence that has taken place in the world towards trans people, and who travels across country advocating the need to move beyond gender expectations. Laverne has been a role model to not only to the trans community but also to people of all race, ethnicity, gender, age and beyond. She continues to make a positive difference to the world little by little every day.
I hope that Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation can be just as powerful and can send a message to the world that people should be allowed to be who they want to be.
Caitlyn’s cover on Vanity Fair has received mass amounts of support and love but with every positive post about her, I have seen twice as many negative posts which honestly breaks my heart. People should be able to open their views and support the amazing steps that Caitlyn has taken to be who she wants to be.
Or if they can’t manage to do that, follow the simple rule their mama gave them growing up and to keep your mouth shut if you got nothing nice to say.
I believe amazing people like Laverne and Caitlyn are opening doors for people who are minimized by small-minded people (similar to the ones on FB timeline). Stories like Caitlyn’s happen every day, just on a much smaller scale, and I think it’s about time the world accepts these stories and supports them as much as you would if it was your own brother or sister.
It takes courage to stand up for yourself in any situation, but it takes an enormous amount of courage to stand up to the world and say, “This is who I am today, like me or not I am not changing.”
In the most basic Google search definition, courage is the ability to do something that frightens one.
The negative Facebook posting people would never in a million years do something that truly frightened them but that’s what Caitlyn did. She did something that took 65 years to do, but she did it. That’s more than a lot of people could say for themselves. Caitlyn has shown an immense amount of courage through this whole process and continues to do so over the negative rants that others have had. Caitlyn Jenner is courageous and that’s why she deserves this award.