Dear Gossips,

Maybe I’m going soft but I can’t find time or energy to be cynical about Caitlyn Jenner. Earlier this year, I defended a book called When Everything Feels Like The Movies by Raziel Reid on Canada Reads about a boy called Jude who likes other boys but dresses like a girl, based on the true story of a boy, Larry Fobes King, who was killed at school for asking another boy to be his Valentine. Jude and Larry were murdered for daring to claim a basic freedom: identity. At Covenant House Vancouver, we serve many young people who’ve been denied that freedom from the people who were supposed to love them the most. The damage caused from that rejection is often irreparable. At the ESPYs last night, Caitlyn Jenner acknowledged the fact that she’s been much more fortunate than so many others, and because of that, you can dump on her and she can take it. She’ll take it if it means they don’t have to. I can’t dump on that. Because I like that kind of fight, seeing her there, in front of an audience that probably wasn’t entirely accepting, and telling them, yeah? Come. I’m not the weak one, as I wear the sh-t out of this white dress, and so formidable that not one Kardashian walked the red carpet. And they’ve never met a red carpet they haven’t wanted to cockblock.

Yours in gossip,