I consider myself a pretty open minded, liberal, live-and-let-live person. I don't care what consenting adults do, and I don't think anyone should.
But this Caitlyn carnival I find disturbing.
1. Someone called this the "next big" civil right issue. Uh, hey, last time I looked we hadn't really solved the last big civil rights issues. And that involved a heck of a lot more than the 0.30% of the population that says they are transgender. This issue has been totally blown out of proportion for prurient reasons, not because it is a legitimate struggle that rates anywhere near other civil rights matters, or many other truly pressing issues of our time.
2. What has using total artifice, from surgery to lighting to professionals of every stripe, to look like a 30-something pinup, got to do with a genuine desire of a 65 yr, old man to be a female. It seems like a very lopsided view of what it means to be female when the first thing you think of is "silk bustier". It does not seem very sincere. It seems almost fetishistic.
3. How is someone with such fame and resources, and thus the ability to transform himself, any real role model for a more average person? The average transgender is far less likely to be successful in passing and to have resources to deal with the fallout. It's unrealistic to call this exceptional person a role model.