Caitlyn Jenner's transition made her the most visible transgender person on the planet, but that kind of exposure means you're going to make some enemies.
Last week, trans activists in Chicago protested the reality star outside of her speaking engagement, referring to her as a "clueless white woman" who doesn't stand for the values and struggles of trans people of color.
Now, the husband of a woman who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, who was posthumously given the Glamour Woman of the Year Award in 2001, is sending the award back because of Jenner.
James Smith, whose wife Moira Smith died at the age of 38 after rushing into the south tower, was honored by the magazine a month after her death. But after Jenner received the same award last week, Smith told the magazine’s editor, Cindi Leive, he wants nothing to do with it anymore.
“I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner ‘Woman of the Year,’” Smith wrote in his scathing email. “Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man?” He continued, “At a time when we have women in the armed forces fighting and dying for our country, heroic doctors fighting deadly diseases, women police and firefighters putting their lives on the line for total strangers, brave women overcoming life threatening diseases...the list of possibilities goes on...is this the best you could do?”
Jenner was among several others feted at Carnegie Hall last week, including Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon, tennis star Billie Jean King and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. A spokesman for the magazine tells the New York Post that Smith's message was received but that it stands by its honors.
“We were proud to honor his wife in 2001, and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner,” a Glamour spokeswoman said on Saturday. “Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards recognize women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.”
Watch Laverne Cox speak out in support of Caitlyn Jenner even before her big Vanity Fair reveal below:
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