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Catholic League's Bill Donohue: Shame on ESPN For Celebrating Caitlyn Jenner

By    |   Monday, 08 June 2015 05:34 PM

Bruce Jenner's transformation into a woman should not be cause for celebration — because people who change their sex are more prone to suffer from depression and contemplate suicide, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Donohue told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that ESPN should be ashamed of itself for giving Jenner The Arthur Ashe Courage Award at next month’s ESPYS award ceremony.

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"That was obscene what they did. Shame on them. Look, Bruce Jenner is not the problem, he obviously has some psychological maladies to work out. The problem is with the elites who try to tell us that he's just like different strokes for different folks," Donohue said Monday.

"The fact of the matter is people who get this sex reassignment surgery are more likely to be depressed, more likely to commit suicide, and as a matter of fact, the more out you are the more likely it is you're going to commit suicide.

"Ten years after people get the surgery, you're 20 percent more likely to become suicidal. We know this from the studies in Sweden."

The Olympic great's decision to undergo a sex change to become female was recently feted by Vanity Fair, which published a photo spread of Jenner under his new name, Caitlyn, including a cover photo in which he's dressed in a white, low-cut evening gown. Gay, lesbian, and transgender groups have hailed the change as brave and groundbreaking.

In previous years, the Ashe Award, given to those "possessing 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," has been awarded to Michael Sam, Robin Roberts, Nelson Mandela, Pat Tillman, Muhammad Ali, and Billie Jean King.

But Donohue, whose group is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, said Jenner's sex reassignment is nothing to celebrate.

"We shouldn't celebrate and glamorize what is really a tragic situation," he said.

Jenner won the gold medal in the men's decathlon event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and went on to appear in TV and movies, including "Can't Stop the Music," "CHiPs," and "The Love Boat."

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Bruce Jenner's transformation into a woman should not be cause for celebration - because people who change their sex are more prone to suffer from depression and contemplate suicide, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
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