I was never sure just what to think of this woman when her story originally broke. After reading this and her attempt to co-op the issues transgender people face every day, I have to say I have zero respect for her and no sympathy for what she ultimately brought upon herself.
Despite what she wants others to believe, there is absolutely no similarities between what she did and the very real struggles transgender people face every day just because of how they were born. She made a choice, regardless of her reasons it was and remains a choice. Transgender people do not “become transgender’, they do not “choose” to be transgender. They were. They are. They will always be.
“‘Caitlyn Jenner’s story came out almost simultaneously with mine in 2015, so there was kind of this comparison,’ said Rachel Dolezal, drawing a parallel between what she calls ‘race fluidity’ and transgender discrimination. Dolezal stopped by the Salon studio recently to discuss her life since being ‘outed’ as a white woman who had been living as black.”