Caitlyn Jenner Says She’ll ‘Take a Breather’ After ‘I Am Cait’
In a blog post written by the 65-year-old, Jenner reveals what she’s learned about herself and the LGBTQ community during the filming of her reality shows — and her future plans as a transgender woman.
“My experience over the last four months has been incredible. It turns out lots of you have friends or family members who are transgender,” she begins. “I never would have had these conversations if I had not come out publicly and finally lived my truth. For so long, people—myself included—were embarrassed to talk about transgender issues and now we finally have an open dialogue happening. That’s amazing progress in and of itself.”
“One of the many lessons that these fabulous women have taught me is that—despite all being transgender—they each feel differently about particular issues. It’s important to have an open dialogue with the trans people in your life about their unique viewpoints and not lump us all together. Just because I think something is funny or appropriate, doesn’t mean that all trans people feel the same way and vice versa. I can only speak from my own personal experience and in no way can I represent the entire trans community. My opinion is just that, my own opinion. There’s no one way to be trans!”
Jenner, who addressed everything from her sexuality to her relationship with ex-wife Kris Jenner on the show, also stressed about the hardships the trans community still faces today. Explaining that she’s “never met another openly trans person” until her transition, the reality star says it was “staggering” to learn that “job discrimination, sex work, ostracism from families, horrific violence” afflicts trans people daily.
“Perhaps the most surprising and shocking thing for me has been to learn about the number of problems the transgender community faces,” she writes. “While I’m far from perfect and will make some mistakes along the way, I’ve made it my life goal to help the wonderful people in this community. Trans rights are about 30 years behind gay rights (and look at the incredible progress we’ve made there!). We’ve got a lot more work to do in the trans community, but we’re getting closer.”
“I want to help each of you understand something that I only recently embraced: Being different is OK—in fact, it’s great! But I also understand it takes some getting used to,” Jenner pens. “Because regardless of whether you are transgender or not, we all have stuff to deal with in our lives. To have the courage to overcome obstacles and be your authentic self is an amazing process to go through. I want you to believe in yourself and know that you can deal with it. You can be OK.”
As for own plans? Jenner says she’ll take herself out of the spotlight for a bit to “figure out what it means to be a woman.”
“I’m going to take breather for a minute. I want to continue to grow as a person. In so many ways I feel like I’m a teenage girl discovering herself!” Jenner concludes. “I’m still trying to figure out what it means to be a woman and I will continue that process. Because you know what? It’s a lot of fun!”