Sham Ibrahim Talks Caitlyn Jenner, Alexis Arquette
Caitlyn Jenner may be mourning the loss of her Malibu home, but she can know she is still an example to the LGBTQ community and in particular the trans community. X16 caught up with actress Sara Barrett (Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy ) and pop artist to the stars and actor Sham Ibrahim ( The Big Noir, Art School Confidential ) where they weighed in on several popular topics, including Caitlyn Jenner.
Many remember Sham for her close friendship with Alexis Arquette who sadly passed away on September 11, 2016. Alexis was an outspoken supporter for LGBTQ rights and she publicly supported Chaz Bono when he transitioned.
Alexis Arquette's siblings include David Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Patricia Arquette, and Richard Arquette. The family has expressed knowing that Alexis showed gender identity interest in early childhood.
Sham released exclusive footage from her time with Alexis and granted an interview to the Hollywood Reporter following Alexis' passing.
You may see both article and tribute video below.
Sara Barrett has publicly supported Sham Ibrahim and the trans community since first coming into the spotlight.
When X17 caught up with Sham Ibrahim and Sara Barrett, the conversation included several topics but found its way to Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender community.
When asked if Sham identified as a woman, such as Caitlyn Jenner does following her surgery, Sham said that in her opinion, surgery doesn't define your gender and she identifies both of them as transgender. The comments were similar to those Sham previously quoted as Alexis Arquette's viewpoint on gender. Describing Arquette's viewpoint she stated.
" [Alexis believed] That 'putting on a dress doesn't biologically change anything. Nor does a sex-change... that 'sex-reassignment is physically impossible. All you can do is adopt these superficial characteristics but the biology will never change."
You may see the full interview with Sham Ibrahim and friend in the video player below.
Sham clarified her views on Caitlyn as Sara Barrett looked on in agreement. When asked if Sham was Caitlyn's fan she replied that she loved her though she didn't agree with everything she says. She also stated that Caitlyn's Vanity Fair cover changed the way people not only respond to many transgender people, but it made a difference in her own personal life.
She said that after Caitlyn made the cover of Vanity Fair, she quickly noticed less public discrimination in her work and career.
Sham emphatically stated that Caitlyn has used her platform and voice to better the community. Sham summed it up succinctly.
"She changed the world. There's something to be said for that."
What do you think? Do you feel that Caitlyn has changed the world and made it more accepting towards the trans community?