Miranda Sparks is a transgender advocate from Brisbane, but she’s not quite ready to cheer on Bruce Jenner as ‘brave’ just yet.
Transgender identity has been topic de jour in the media lately.
It seems that on every second channel there’s a documentary on transgender children. (I’m looking at you, Louis Theroux.) Laverne Cox gave a new perspective on transgender bodies by appearing nude for Allure magazine. Let’s not forget the slew of transgender reality shows hitting networks in the coming future, like All That Jazz, New Girls on the Block, and Becoming Us.
And then there’s the most salacious story of all; the revelation that Bruce Jenner is a transgender woman.
There are the many who say ‘good for you, Bruce!’ and I can definitely feel the sentiment. It’s not easy to step out and embrace woman-ness in a world that tells you it’s less than, especially if you were assigned male at birth.
Some even take it a step further and congratulate Bruce on being brave but that’s the part I’m not feeling. (Bruce has asked for people to continue using ‘he’ and ‘him’ pronouns for the time being.)
Bravery is a choice. When faced with fear the decision to battle on in spite of danger is what makes a person brave. Maybe Bruce is brave for talking so openly about being transgender, but at the same time it was a matter he never had a choice in.
Months before his interview with Dianne Sawyer, tabloids were photoshopping his face, whispering about his family, and speculating about the future.
Is it really surprising? Transitioning from one gender role to another is no small move, especially for a public figure.
Given that, what other choice did he have than to step into the limelight?