by JOANNA ZEGARRA
Aydian Ethan Dowling of Eugene, Oregon might be the first transgender man ever to grace the cover of Men’s Health Magazine. He is winning the Men’s Health’s “Ultimate Guy Search” with more than 34,000 votes, a nationwide contest looking for a man that “possesses all of the qualities that make up today’s well rounded, active, health conscious and thoughtful guy.”
Aydian Dowling is a transgender man and activist for the transgender community. He has documented his story on his YouTube account in an effort to support other transgender people in their transition phase.
As this news is released into the media, it had both positive and negative responses from the public. Being that Dowling is winning the competition by a landslide of votes, it is apparent that many are thrilled at this milestone for the transgender community and are open minded to new things. While others argue that they do not want open acceptance and tolerance of transgendered individuals in the media because it “contributes to the erosion of family values” says one anonymous critic. An ignorant statement and insufficient argument since nobody I have ever heard of has ever complained that equality for others has somehow harmed their “family values.” The only reasonable critical arguments might be that Dowling may not technically be a man, and therefore may not qualify as a spokesperson for a magazine that covers nutrition, fitness, and medical information specifically for male bodies.
Voters have until June 21 when Men’s Health will decide who makes it to the next round of the competition. Regardless of the decision made, it should be made based off of reason and not idiotic ideas of intolerance.