Tonight, I sat next to a total stranger at the airport, and once the subject turned to celebrity, Caitlyn Jenner inevitably came up.
The woman, a fun corporate exec named Cindy, remarked at how great Caitlyn looked at the ESPY awards, but couldn’t help but observe that out of this beautiful woman came a voice that, frankly, threw her off a little bit. Lower … perhaps the last hint of the person Caitlyn once was.
Cindy is not alone. Even Caitlyn herself has expressed some discontent about the way she speaks.
Writing on her blog CaitlynJenner.com, she elaborated on the matter: “While I felt like I looked great and that the gown looked fabulous, I still have a voice issue. It’s not quite right compared to my feminine appearance. That bothers me a little bit.
“However, I hope that people don’t listen to the pitch of my voice, but listen to what I have to say. That’s important to me.”
Wise words. Her honesty about own voice echoes the quiet, hesitate reaction by the stranger I met tonight. I think the beauty in watching this evolution of a person, and as a result, a revolution of our society’s acceptance to the trans community is above all the honesty she has displayed. The rarely perfect combination of strength and vulnerability, courage and fear that is in all of us. I’m especially happy to see that her dialogue has not been restricted simply to television. She is not saving her thoughts, saving them for soundbytes on her upcoming reality show. The journey along the way is what will truly help people, and I applaud her for facing it head with dignity, candor, and grace.