Caitlyn Jenner Pens Beautiful New Op-Ed Column Entitled ‘The Real Me’
Her first article for WhoSay was published today (July 6, 2015), and is part of an original series that “will explore issues and people in the LGBT community.”
She started off simply saying, “Hi everyone. Caitlyn here…
First of all, I want to thank you all for your support. The response to my new journey has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m eternally grateful for all of your sweet messages, letters, and gifts.
Jenner then admits that as someone who has “totally isolated” herself from the transgender community in the past, she now feels a sense of responsibility.
Up until now, I have totally isolated myself from the transgender community so I have a lot of catching up to do. 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.”
Jenner goes on to discuss her new “eye-opening experience[s]”:
Flash forward a few weeks and I’ve already learned so much about this community, the issues, and the people involved. It’s been an eye-opening experience for me—mainly realizing how fortunate I am.
I’ve heard every horror story there is in the book. You wouldn’t believe the types of ordeals these people have had, how they have had to literally fight for their own survival. Many trans teens are bullied and abused in high school. It’s just horrendous. Then there’s the other dark side of this issue: did you know that nearly 25% of the women in high-end sex business are reportedly trans women?*
She will be sharing the inspiring stories of her new friends in the posts to come, as well as other insights and issues in regards to the LGBT community.
Seeing how my new friends have overcome their adversities is such an inspiration. They are so well-adjusted and smart. 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.
Caitlyn poignantly concludes, “Let’s live our true selves and make a positive difference while doing it. – Caitlyn”
We look forward to reading what will certainly be an inspiring editorial series.
*TAMPEP. 2009. Sex work in Europe. A mapping of the prostitution scene in 25 European countries. Amsterdam: TAMPEP.