“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, “‘You just blew your entire life’" – Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner has finally become the woman she has always wanted, and the world is a better place for it. To come out in front of the often cruel media—specifically, cheap magazines that sell because of their mean (and usually untruthful) cover stories—is no small task. She is courageous, open, and ready for a fresh start. But that isn’t all she is: Jenner is a role model.
"By sharing her journey with the world, Caitlyn Jenner is accelerating acceptance of transgender people everywhere and reminds us all how important it is to live as your most authentic self," said GLAAD President and Chief Executive Officer Sarah Kate Ellis.
Jenner took a huge step by coming out as transgender, showing everyone that she accepts who she is, and loves herself. Jenner knows that a life hiding one's true self is not a life worth living.
According to the organization Transgender Law, only two to five percent of the world’s population is transgender. Since the trans community is so small, it is easy for them to be isolated and overlooked. By Jenner, a high profile celebrity, representing the community, more people will educate themselves on what it means to be transgender.
With an increase in people talking about this issue, generally comes more acceptance. As reported on by Time.com, Caitlyn Jenner’s twitter account reached one million followers in four hours, breaking the world record. The star of 2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings, tweeted “CAITLYN JENNER YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL”. This was one of many positive tweets, with the support coming from celebrities and other people alike.
Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Award at the 2015 ESPYS awards show on July 15. According to the ESPYS’ site, the award is given to those who possess “…strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost."
Jenner is the perfect recipient for this award. It’s her time to shine.