When Caitlyn Jenner decided to come out as trans on Sunday, she was welcomed by an outpouring of support from cisgender people around the world.
But what many trans people have not known is that Caitlyn’s announcement was also a sign of things to come.
Caitlyn was not the first trans person to come forward with their own story of self-discovery, but she was the first cis person to do so in a positive way.
A few weeks after Jenner came out, trans-inclusive dating app Tinder announced it would be making trans-themed dating apps in partnership with Grindr.
These apps, which currently only have two in the US, will be available in the UK and Canada.
Tinder is already partnering with other tech companies like Airbnb, Netflix, and Instagram to provide trans-related content on their services.
Caitlin Jenner is not the only trans person who has been recognized for her accomplishments as a human being and an entrepreneur.
In 2013, Liza Weymouth was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for her groundbreaking work on HIV/AIDs.
Liza, a trans woman, made headlines in 2014 when she sued Uber for sexual harassment.
In 2016, she received the prestigious “Genius” Award from the Human Rights Campaign.
As trans-specific and inclusive as Caitlyn and Liza’s stories are, there are many more trans people who are making incredible contributions to the lives of cis people who have HIV.
Caitlen Jenner, a cis woman, is a pioneer, a success story, and an inspiration.
Caitlynn Jenner has made an impact for trans people in the United States, the world, and around the globe.
Now, it’s up to all of us to continue her legacy.
Caitlan Stokes is a trans women who is an editor for The Next Page.
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