5 years living in her truth
It's been 5 years since Caitlyn Jenner revealed to the world how she was truly feeling on the inside, and since the very public and challenging transition, the parent to 10 kids is still happier than ever.
Gracing the cover of Vanity Fair, the Call Me Cait star reveals that her story might be different than other trans folk, but that she still felt it was important to share it.
Jenner revealed that it all felt more real when she saw her California driver's license. Her name had finally changed, and a big "F" sat where her gender marker lay.
"It was so emotional," the 70-year-old said. "There I was. Caitlyn Marie Jenner. But then, I wondered, did Bruce deserve to be thrown away like this? He did a lot of good things. He raised 10 kids. But I wasn’t turning around."
"Bruce did just about everything he can do. He raised 10 kids. Now what does Caitlyn do?" she continued.
Jenner also revealed that she felt compelled to change archaic thinking in terms of the LGBTQ+ community, sharing that she wanted to change disturbing statistics.
"I thought, what a great opportunity to change the world’s thinking; 51 percent of trans people attempt suicide. The murder rate — we’ve been losing one trans woman of color every two weeks," she said.
However, it has been no secret that the reality star has shared some controversial opinions in the past, and was a proudly declared Republican. This put her at odds with many in the LGBTQ+ community.
"They said I’m ‘too controversial.’ And that hurt," Jenner said.
“I think I had been wearing rose-coloured glasses. I thought I could change the world. Now I know I can only try and change one person at a time," she continued.
Despite that blow, Jenner is still committed to helping out the trans community, and shared, "I love my community. I truly want to help."
Jenner has also been quietly giving out college scholarships to trans students through her foundation.
She said, "This is my journey. Yes, it is different than other trans people. I get it."
She continued, "But the bottom line is this: When I wake up in the morning, I’m happy with myself."