8 ways Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover changes the conversation about transgender issues

WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 01: A photo editor views the July cover of Vanity Fair featuring Caitlyn Jenner on June 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner is an Olympic athlete who came out publicly as transgender in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

WESTWOOD, CA – JUNE 01: A photo editor views the July cover of Vanity Fair featuring Caitlyn Jenner on June 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner is an Olympic athlete who came out publicly as transgender in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, unveiled her new identity Monday with the release of her anticipated Vanity Fair cover. This is Jenner’s latest public step following her interview with Diane Sawyer in late April where she revealed, “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

This new move has the potential to further open up public conversation regarding transgender individuals. Jenner said in a video for Vanity Fair, “I hope with my honesty, I can make it easier for somebody else down the line.”

• The release of Jenner’s new name has led to confusion and concern on how to address Jenner and other transgender people. GLAAD has responded to the cover release by providing a tip sheet for transgender terminology. While originally intended to help journalists in their reporting, the list serves as a solid set of guidelines no matter what your profession is.

•  There’s also a friendly little bot on Twitter called @she_not_he who has been, “politely correcting Twitter users who misgender Caitlyn Jenner in their tweets.”

https://twitter.com/Caitlyn_Jenner/status/605407919820013568

After Vanity Fair tweeted their July cover, Jenner made her first tweet from her new Twitter account, @Caitlyn_Jenner. Jenner later broke the Guinness world record for fastest to reach 1 million followers on Twitter, coming in at just under four hours and beating previous record-holder Barack Obama.

•  Obama tweeted in response to Jenner’s first tweet on Monday, “It takes courage to share your story,” and asked others to share theirs at the Organizing for Action website.

•  Celebrity reaction has been largely supportive of Jenner, with many stars tweeting and Instagramming their support on Monday.

•  Laverne Cox, transgender activist and one of the stars of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” penned a short essay on her Tumblr page celebrating Jenner’s transition while imploring the public to celebrate non-famous transgender individuals who don’t or can’t conform to typical beauty standards.

• Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover comes a little over a year after Cox’s landmark Time cover was released. Titled “The Transgender Tipping Point,” the story kick-started a national conversation about transitioning and cemented Cox’s status as a pioneer in bringing transgender individuals to the mainstream.

• Jenner’s cover issue will hit newsstands on June 9. In July, her reality television series is set to premier. The show will be produced by many of the same executives as “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and it promises to not focus on ratings, but rather to tell Jenner’s story the way she wants it to be told.

To read more about Jenner’s public transition, click here.


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