When Caitlyn Jenner was revealed to the world yesterday morning on the cover of Vanity Fair, everyone and their mother paid due attention.
Stepdaughter Kim Kardashian West showed her support on Twitter:
Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair Annie Leibovitz! How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way! pic.twitter.com/39fryBwUqE
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 1, 2015
As did Kendall:
be free now pretty bird. — Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) June 1, 2015
Author and activist Janet Mock put Caitlyn’s moment in a broader context of what we all should be taking away:
Let’s celebrate Caitlyn & use her moment to uplift trans folks facing insurmountable economic barriers for affirming healthcare.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) June 1, 2015
Trans and gender nonconforming people disable the male / female binary, which manifests in all sorts of ways. The more difficult it is to empirically define what a woman is, the more quickly we have to redefine all of our social rules and codes. At this moment in human herstory, we are seeing tangible indicators that the social order of patriarchy is crumbling. Gender is no longer pre-determined by the sex we were assigned at birth. Public figures are crucial in putting a face to a social and political issue; I pay homage to the trans warriors and pioneers of NOW, for blazing a path for future generations to live without the obstacles that trans people have faced for centuries.
And when Jessica Lange heard that there were overwhelming comparisons of her and Jenner’s look, she remarked, “Oh really? That’s so wonderful.”
Aside from a few dissenters (like Drake Bell, who’s apparently still relevant), the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner is incredible. Her Twitter account quickly surpassed Barack Obama’s Twitter record, amassing more than a million followers in just four hours. (It took our President five hours to reach that.) And she’s had similar success on Facebook and Instagram.
We’re excited to get our hands on the soon-to-be historic issue of Vanity Fair, as we are to tune into her new reality series documenting her transition this summer. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Caitlyn Jenner, but at the very least we now know, ladies and gentlemen…our next Supreme: