News & Trends: Caitlyn Jenner, Equal Rights & Independence Day

By: Susan Berman Hammer

Those of us over 50 have experienced a tidal wave of change in our lifetimes. But, some of the most stunning developments have taken place very recently, just in time for our Fourth of July/Declaration of Independence celebrations.* 

Recently, one of America's greatest athletes, Bruce Jenner, publicly announced that he identified as a transgender woman and then underwent surgery to emerge as Caitlyn Jenner. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled in favor of marriage equality for all.

A new docuseries, entitled, I am Cait, chronicles Jenner's adjustment to her new life as Caitlyn. It premieres on E! at 8 p.m., EDT/ 7 p.m., CDT, on Sunday, July 26. Watch a sneak peek... 

The eight-part series will document “the new normal” for the transgender woman as Jenner sets out on her first shopping trip as well as her first motorcycle adventure as a woman. "We're going to do a lot of fun things for the first time,”Jenner said. “We're going to go shopping for the first time. Maybe even some boy stuff, like ride a motorcycle—because girls do that too!" 

On Father's Day, Caitlyn spent time enjoying her children and granddaughter North, off-roading and opening gifts (clothes and shoes for her ever-expanding wardrobe). Hmm…wonder what she has planned for the Fourth of July?

In addition to filming the series, Caitlyn will accept the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the July 15th ESPYs airing on ABC. Past ESPY winners include: Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, and former women's college basketball coach Pat Summitt.

"I am telling my story...This is about getting to be who you really are, " said the 65-year-old Jenner. Isn't that what we, Honey Good readers and members of the over 50 crowd, all hope to do?

If you want to know more about Caitlyn's continuing journey, follow her on Twitter @Caitlyn_Jenner.

*Actually, the Fourth of July celebrates the official adoption by Congress of the Declaration of Independence. It wasn't signed until nearly a month later.

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LGBT Primer: Intro to Key Terms and Concepts

Many people often add the letter “Q” to the end of the LGBT acronym. One website, Liberate Yourself, defines the term LGBTQ as an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (others say the “Q” can mean Questioning). The term, it adds, is used to designate a community of people whose sexual or gender identities can create shared political and social concerns. The LGBTQ acronym does not encompass everybody and different organizations may use fewer or more letters, for example, an ‘I’ to indicate Intersex people.

The same website also provides the commonly-accepted definitions of other key terms and concepts. But first, they caution, it’s important to introduce the concept of ‘self-definition’ or the right to self-define into any or none of several categories.

Here's a list of the key terms they identified: (definitions of each can be found on the website.) 

  1. Lesbian
  2. Gay
  3. Bisexual
  4. Trans
  5. Queer
  6. Heterosexual
  7. Cisgendered
  8. Intersex
  9. Heteronormative
  10. Asexuality

On the Fourth of July as we focus on the theme of Independence, here are some powerful words in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence:  

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

We know Honey Good readers will have a broad spectrum of opinions about these trends. Please share them in the comments section below. 

Have a sparkling Fourth and be sure to notice the "rainbow" of colors!

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Susan Berman Hammer brings more than 35 years of professional communications, management and parenting experience as well as journalism training to The Honey Good team of writers. Susan is also PR counsel and a business strategist to Susan previously served as the Senior VP-Account Supervisor of a Chicago PR agency and later headed her own agency. She earned graduate and undergraduate degrees from Northwestern University.