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Well, Caitlyn Jenner has become real and people are either sick of her or in utter adoration of her.

I’ll admit, I haven’t given her transition a hint of attention. But I’ve seen a lot of ruckus following her recent acceptance speech at the ESPYs upon receiving Arthur Ashe Courage Award though. Whether it be a simple meme or whatever featuring a solider or a survivor of an event.

You’ve all had time to let the transformation sink in and have your say about how she didn’t deserve the courage award but have any of you thought about the fact that she is changing the way our world is? Yes she is in the public eye and she is a Jenner and she may be doing it all wrong in the eyes of the public – but she is making the entire LGBTQ community known, making it easier for others to be comfortable knowing that it is a topic of discussion.

I’m sure many of us were encouraged as children to discover ourselves and who we are – unless you lived in some strict household where you were constantly made to be perfect. If being who you truly are means “coming out of closet” – then so be it. Bullies and hatred will always surround you in this world. Keep in mind though, Caitlyn’s transition has boosted the transgender community. Sure she is related to the Kardashian-Jenner clan, but she has the money and the publicity to change society’s views.

It’s people like Caitlyn, Ellen, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Ruby Rose and Sam Smith that have made the LGBTQ community bigger, well known and a great force to be reckoned with. People aren’t going to change even in Hollywood, where the cameras constantly follow them.

Miley recently began The Happy Hippie Foundation – “Our mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations”. Fighting against the homeless youth, specialising in those who were kicked out of their families for identifying with the LGBTQ community. It really is sad that people can do this to their families, how could you make someone’s life harder than it is. They have an entire world to confront and you want to make them feel unwelcome and force them to be homeless? Where is the compassion in that?

So instead of continuously hating on Caitlyn Jenner – even if she is an attention seeker – let’s remember that what she and all the other big names of the LGBTQ community are doing is fighting for the next generation and the many after that. In particular, they’re fighting for now, to make a change and stop the terrible statistics from increasing from the already shocking numbers.

Now don’t quote me on anything, but with a quick Google search, the LGBTQ statistics amongst American’s is eye-popping. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recently surveyed 6,456 self-identified transgender and gender non-conforming adults and discovered that transgender men are the most impacted, with 46 percent reporting an attempt in their lifetime and transgender women are close behind at 42 percent, and female-assigned cross-dressers report rates of 44 percent.

I know I’m not American, nor am I anywhere remotely close to the country. But if those are the statistics for one of the largest countries in the world then they can only get worse.

Stop hating on Caitlyn and either ignore it or get used to it because the LGBTQ community is here to stay and it’s only going to become bigger.

Peace.

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