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Letter: Caitlyn Jenner should aid transgender teens

July's 'Vanity Fair' cover shot by Annie Leibovitz

July's 'Vanity Fair' cover shot by Annie Leibovitz marked the official debut of Caitlyn Jenner. Photo Credit: Vanity Fair

Caitlyn Jenner's official announcement and photo shoot raise some important questions regarding gender identity and inclusion ["The evolution of gay pride campaign," Opinion, June 12].

Because Jenner is a celebrity, athlete and financially very well off, does she really represent typical teenagers, adults or children who are trapped within bodies that they feel they really don't belong in? The trans teen, child or adult is manifesting gender; he or she is not manifesting sexuality.

Due to the deficiency in our language, the word sex is used to refer to both gender identity and the physical act. From that unfortunate synthesis comes much of the bias against transgender people. Their issue is not about whom they wish to be with, but rather who they want to be.

It must be torture to live as a male when you know inside you are a female, and vice versa. But many are unable to do much about it because of family, community and lack of financial resources.

It would be wonderful if Jenner could use her celebrity to improve the lives of individuals through recognition, funding of counseling centers and financial assistance based on need or lack of insurance coverage for medical and aesthetic procedures.

Davina Klatsky, Merrick


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