The recent reveal of Caitlyn Jenner has brought transgender issues to the forefront of public discourse. Bruce Jenner, the lauded Olympian who is more recently famous for his appearances on Keeping up with the Kardashians, gave an interview with Diane Sawyer in which he admitted he had the soul of a woman, and the interview drew 16.86 million viewers. This month, Bruce makes his debut as Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair, and a docu-series documenting his transition on the E! network will air later this summer. While the transition was very much delayed, Caitlyn Jenner can now live her life as she wishes.

Others, however, are not as lucky. There are an estimated 700,000 transgender people living in the United States. Many of these transgender people face workplace discrimination, societal inequalities, and hate crimes. Caitlyn, who joined the Sherwood Country Club as Bruce, will have to petition the club in order to retain the same rights and privileges she had when she was Bruce (like being able to use the grill in the male locker room because the women’s locker room does not have one). Only 19 states explicitly prohibit discrimination against transgender people, and their protections vary. In fact, the legal rights of transgender people have not really been thoroughly considered­­; for instance, the U.S. Supreme Court has never contemplated whether the U.S. Constitution protects transgender people from discrimination. With the advent of Bruce as Caitlyn, transgender people may have found their platform to have their voices for greater legal protections heard.

–Erin Webb

One Response to Does Caitlyn have the Same Rights that Bruce had?

  1. EmmaP says:

    It isn’t legal protection that’s needed, it’s peoples perceptions and prejudices that need attention!