Jenner v. Galloway

The battle for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Gavin Gondalwala, Co-Editor-in-Chief

We all know of the fact that Bruce Jenner has transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner and now much controversy has been stirred up.


One of the most controversial points of his transition is the awarding of the medal of honor for bravery. The Arthur Ashe Courage Award, presented by ESPN on the ESPY awards, which are televised, is awarded to someone who displays extreme courage and bravery in all of their endeavors. It specifically honors those who display “strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”


The rumored runner up for this award was an army veteran who is a double-amputee turned crossfit coach, Noah Galloway. However, as it turns out, Galloway is not, and never was, a runner up for this award. The rumor, started by Gerry Calahan on twitter, is circulating rampantly on social media and is resulting in taunts and even death threats directed towards Jenner.


Jordan Weiss (11) says that, “[B]ruce was allowed to be a male hero his whole life, now let Caitlyn be a female hero for the first time in her life.” Many strike this opinion on the matter; however, much debate has risen as to why a veteran that signed up to fight for our country is not getting the medal.


It is, nonetheless, maintained that Caitlyn should receive this award due to her place in the public eye. It takes a lot of bravery to be able to declare yourself on a path that is extremely controversial, while in the public eye. Look at it in this perspective, there are death threats flying, while she is only paving the way for other transgenders out there who do not have the courage to transition themselves, or are living in conditions which prevent it.


This reasoning only begs the question, why Galloway and not any other veteran?