Is it wrong to call Caitlyn Jenner courageous?

For the record, I think my fiancee is beautiful.

I also happen to think San Diego is beautiful.

And here’s the best part: Both Melissa and San Diego are beautiful in their own ways. Just because I consider San Diego beautiful doesn’t make Melissa any less beautiful. If I tell someone I think San Diego is beautiful, Melissa certainly isn’t going to be insulted.

The two are not mutually exclusive.

And guess what? The same applies when people call Caitlyn Jenner courageous. Just because people think she’s courageous doesn’t make some soldier who lost multiple limbs in combat any less courageous. Again….

The two are not mutually exclusive.

It is perfectly reasonable for someone to consider Caitlyn Jenner courageous and still have the utmost respect for those who risk their lives in the service of our country. We’re talking about two totally different types of courage, and no one is dissing on any soldiers here.

If the mere idea of Caitlyn Jenner being Caitlyn Jenner makes you uncomfortable, fair enough. If you have no understanding or empathy for the difficulties a transgendered person has to face every single day, that’s your privilege.

But in that case, just own up to your bigotry, okay? Don’t drag our country’s proud servicemen down to your level with false dichotomies.

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