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Glamour's Honor for Caitlyn Jenner An 'Insult' to Husband of Prior Woman of the Year 

Glamour's Honor for Caitlyn Jenner An 'Insult' to Husband of Prior Woman of the Year 


The widower of an NYPD officer killed on 9/11 was so upset he returned her posthumous Woman of the Yea' award to Glamour magazine.

A New York City police officer has returned a posthumous honor for his late wife -- the only female member of the New York Police Deprtment killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks --because, he said, he was "shocked and saddened" that Glamour gave the same award to Caitlyn Jenner.

The former Olympian received the Transgender Champion award last week at its Women of the Year ceremony in New York.

Officer James Smith wrote an open letter to the magazine and posted it on Facebook, reports BuzzFeed. His wife, Moira Smith, died while rescuing people from the World Trade Center on 9/11, and he wrote that he found Jenner undeserving of the same award.

"I find it insulting to Moira Smith's memory, and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award. I can only guess that this was a publicity stunt meant to resuscitate a dying medium. After discussing this slap in the face to the memory of our Hero with my family, I have decided to return Moira's award to Glamour magazine."

Cindi Leive

Glamour Magazine

Conde Nast

1 World Trade Center

New York, NY 10007

Dear Ms.Leive,

On October 29th, 2001 I...

Posted by James Smith on Thursday, November 12, 2015

A spokesperson for Glamour told BuzzFeed in a statement that the magazine stands by its decision to honor Jenner.

"Glamour was proud to honor Police Officer Moira Smith in 2001 and we stand by our decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner among our class of winners in 2015. Caitlyn Jenner has helped shine a light on the problems faced by transgender youth and given voice to a community that is often unheard. Glamour's Women of the Year Awards recognizes brave, bold women who in their individual ways have all made a significant difference in the world."

Jenner was not the first transgender woman awarded Woman of the Year; Laverne Cox was honored in 2014.

A spokesperson for Jenner declined comment to BuzzFeed.

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