Portland Soccer Coach Kaig Lightner, a soccer coach from Portland Oregon told the kids he coaches that he is transgender. Kaig is the founder and director of coaching of the Portland Community Football Club. The club is for the underprivileged youth in the area and the focus is on coaching and providing equipment. Coach Kaig is very active in the club not only coaching the kids but also providing rides to and from games. Kaig transitioned when he was in his twenties and is thirty-six now. After practice on May, 3rd, Kaig called his team into a huddle to have a talk with them. Another coach videotaped the talk, posted it on You Tube, and the video has gone viral having over 60,000 views. The video was titled “Authenticity”, because Coach Kaig is living his authentic life. He explained to the kids, who ranged in age from 8-17, in words that they could all understand, that he was born a girl, but is a boy. The first question that a kid asked had nothing to do with his gender, it was “how old are you?”.
Not only were the children supportive, their parents and strangers have also been supportive. Caitlyn Jenner coming out as transgender may have helped people realize that transgender people are the same as everyone else. Caitlyn announced that she was transgender in April, 2015 in an interview with Diane Sawyer, then in the July 2015 edition of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn's story was the cover story. Caitlyn was 65 years old at the time and expressed among other things how difficult it was to live all those years as a male while she was truly a female. Hopefully this will teach people that no matter how old they are, they can live their authentic life. The fact that Caitlyn was rich made it easier in some ways because she was financially able to live her life how ever she chose, whether that meant sex reassignment surgery, hormones, or just living her life as a female. As we all know even not choosing hormones or medication can be expensive. For instance buying a whole new wardrobe is not cheap. However, there was also the fact that she was famous, which almost certainly made it harder. Not only did she have to deal with people she knew bullying her, she had to deal with the whole world. While a lot of people took the news in stride and supported Caitlyn, a lot did not. For a lot of people being transgender is new, although I don't understand why, and people often take awhile to get used to new situations. But it will happen. One day people will not understand why anyone treated someone who was transgender any differently than they treated anyone else. There will be no one videotaping a coach telling his players that he is transgender because everyone would have always known. Since he would have never felt the need to hide it to begin with.