Christian Post writer Michal Brown and others like him may be chuckling today. They’ve been talking recently about a “breach” in the solidarity of the LGBT community, trumpeting the recent “Drop the T in LGBT” petition as an example.
Well, some transgender people have given those commentators more fuel for their fires: Caitlyn Jenner was the target of a protest demo by trans activists on Thursday after she emerged from an LGBT charity event in Chicago, where she was a speaker.
According to the Daily Mail, “the demonstrators were angered that the 66-year-old former Olympian, who they dubbed ‘a clueless rich white woman,’ was being held up as a representative of their community. . . . Shouting slogans such as ‘You are an insult to trans people, you are an insult to women,’ protesters used a loud speaker to make their feelings known. ”
Caitlyn tried to reason with the protesters, to no avail, apparently.
The Daily Mail also mentions this tidbit, which will have a lot of people shaking their heads and muttering things about “opportunism”: “A production source told Entertainment Tonight that Thursday’s encounter was caught on camera for the second season of Caitlyn’s reality show. … The source insisted to ET that the encounter was not staged.”
There’s no doubt that a lot of trans people resent Caitlyn Jenner and are suspicious of her publicity machine. And many in right-wing circles still refer to Caitlyn as “Bruce” and “him.” So, you know there will be a lot of hate going on for Caitlyn today from both sides, and a lot of smirking, too.
But to portray it as a widening breach in the LGBT movement would be overstating things.
Everybody knows that Caitlyn Jenner as “transgender icon” is a media/tinseltown fabrication, which has gleefully conspired with the Jenner publicity machine in the name of the Almighty Buck. Even the right-wing publications have hopped on board the gravy train. Caitlyn is the best thing that’s happened to them all in a long time. God bless Caitlyn, or “Bruce” from the right-wing point of view. (Coincidentally, the song Californication just came on the radio.)
But few everyday transgender people and other members of the LGBTQ community have applauded Caitlyn, except for the hangers-on looking to boost their glamor profiles and a small number of others who feel that any positive publicity about trans issues is better than no publicity at all.
Things could get worse for Caitlyn and for her entourage, though. Demonstrations by trans people are likely to increase during her public speaking tours in the United States and other countries. But then again, for the media, at least, if not her reality TV series, there’s money to be made in the negative publicity, too. Especially if the right-wing commentators are on board . . .
— Jillian Page