|ARMY SPECIALIST JOEY VINCENTE|
Among the many barbs and accusations being flung at Caitlyn Jenner in the wake of her winning an Arthur Ashe Award is that military personnel are more deserving of awards for courage and valor than the former Olympian.
Buzzfeed reported on a response to those criticisms by U.S. Army behavioral health specialist Joey Vicente, posted a moving message to his Facebook wall in support of Jenner.
Your negative opinions on Caitlyn Jenner and her deservedness of an award that you didn’t even know about until a few days ago are irrelevant.
Your definition of what or who a hero can or cannot be is irrelevant.
40% of the transgender community have attempted suicide. What if I told you that her speech last night saved even one human being from attempting to take their life. I’d call that a victory on any scale. I’d call that (gasp)… heroic?
You don’t like that a female who used to identify as male got an award at a ceremony run by ESPN? Here’s a hint: get over yourself. You are on the wrong side of history. Like many bigots of the civil rights era, you will one day have to answer for your hate, whether it is to your God, a loved one, or your few hundred Facebook friends that you think give the slightest bit of a shit about what kind of sandwich you ate or what kind of workout you got in today.
You want to voice your opinion? Please, I beg that you do. But in using terms like “freak” or “faggot” you paint a much more vivid picture of yourself than you ever could of Caitlyn Jenner, a human being just now finally finding her comfort zone.
Vicente told BuzzFeed News that he posted the message because he wanted people to be more considerate about what they post to social media.
“Bigotry in any form is unacceptable and I guess I was just fed up with seeing people’s offensive remarks about a person they know nothing about,” he said.