Caitlyn Jenner: I feel such responsibility
Caitlyn Jenner feels “a responsibility to the transgender community” to get it right when it comes to telling her story.
The 65-year-old reality star was known as Bruce until April this year when she unveiled her new identity.
But in the first of a series of editorials for WhoSay, entitled ‘The Real Me’, Caitlyn has spoken about her transition into a woman and the difficulties she has faced so far.
“Up until now, I have totally isolated myself from the transgender community so I have a lot of catching up to do,” she wrote. “I feel such a responsibility to this courageous group to try to get it right and tell all sides of the story. To me, that's always the biggest question: Am I doing it right?
“A few weeks ago, I had dinner with some of my new friends – a group of six trans women – and I went around the table and asked each of them how long it had been since their transitions. One said 20 years, the other one said 15 years ago ... seven years ago ... three years ago …. They came around to me and I said, ‘Two weeks.’ ”
Caitlyn continued in the post to reveal that while she has heard “every horror story there is in the book” about people’s difficult transitions, the response to her own journey “has been overwhelmingly positive”.
But while Caitlyn touched on what she referred to as “the other dark side of this issue”, she told fans that she will be focusing on her new circle of friends and how they have managed to “overcome their adversities”.
“My new friends are so well-adjusted and smart,” she continued. “I'll be sharing their stories here in the coming weeks, and I can't wait for you to get to know them. They are just like you and me.
“This is the first in a series of editorials where I will discuss the serious issues and lessons that I am learning through this process. I have so much to discover and hope that you'll join me on this adventure.
“Let's live our true selves and make a positive difference while doing it,” she concluded.
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