That people are upset about Caitlyn Jenner appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair is exactly why Caitlyn Jenner needs to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair.
Because prejudice needs to be confronted if it is to be vanquished. Hiding from it is a recipe for people living in fear and shame. Jenner didn’t do that cover for the attention; considering the family she comes from, that wasn’t exactly in short supply She didn’t do it for the fame; Olympic gold took care of that. As she told the magazine, “As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.” That cover is shouting, “This is okay. This is who I am and I am not going to be afraid of it anymore.”
And if that makes people uncomfortable? Well, so did seeing interracial couples. So did seeing gay people get married. And the world turned, and the sun rose, and life went on, because after the initial shock, the sensible ones among us shrugged and said, “How does someone being happy affect me in the slightest?” And we paid it no more mind.
Jenner on that cover is a step towards more sensible people. And towards more uncomfortable bigots. And that’s a scenario in which everybody wins.