Transition and one's true self

Be careful not to trade one mask for another.

by Cassie Brighter

I was drawn to this news piece about Caitlyn Jenner’s assertions that the Kardashians have not spoken to her for a couple of years. Reading the piece, something that I found odd and off-putting is this sentence: “Caitlyn’s relationship with the Kardashians - Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Rob - is distant,” the source said. “They will always be nice and cordial with Caitlyn, mainly for Kendall and Kylie’s sake, but their relationship will never be the same as it was with Bruce.”

“The man who was in their lives for so many years is gone, and they don’t have the same relationship with Caitlyn,” the source added.

This notion that Caitlyn and Bruce are two different people, the notion that relationships are so gender-driven that a whole new relationship needs to be established after transition, is completely foreign to me.

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