Caitlyn Jenner Answers First Round of Fan Questions, Shares New Photo
Caitlyn Jenner is opening up to her fans in a new blog post that answers some questions that she has received in the past week.
“Hi again. It’s Caitlyn. Wow — what a week,” the 65-year-old former Olympian starts off the post on her new website. “Your outpouring after my note last week was incredible. (In fact, so many of you sent me questions and comments that my site crashed!) Even though I can’t get back to each and every one of you, I want you to know that I’m reading your kind words and that they mean the world to me. Here are just a few to get us started.”
Among the questions that Caitlyn received from fans were: “Was there an inciting moment or event that made you decide to share Caitlyn with the world?” and “what has been your favorite part this far of becoming Caitlyn?”
Click inside to read some of Caitlyn Jenner’s answers to the questions…
Kelli R.: Was there an inciting moment or event that made you decide to share Caitlyn with the world? What gave you the courage after all that time? Was there a “tipping point”? Thanks for caring about my curiosity and letting me ask questions! :)
I firmly believe that there are intensity levels of being trans. For example, a boy at a young age — four or five-years-old — might refuse to wear guy clothes and will only wear dresses. Not as a one-time thing, or as just dress-up play, but insistently, every day saying, “I’m a girl.” They can’t — and won’t — hide their true identity, even at that young age. Then there are others, like me, who can (kind of) live with it for a long time, even though it’s very uncomfortable.
I had all of the issues, but I was growing up in a very different time and I had no information. Meanwhile, I had all of my diversions — sports…this…that…married…family — but after 65 years, here I was right back with the same problems that I had when I was 10 years old and I had to finally do something about that.
Kim: I’m like many people in America…I’ve watched you on TV for years and have been familiar with you and your Olympic history since I was little. I’m so proud of you for standing up and living your reality, even after all these years and the immense pressure you must feel being in the public eye like you are. My question is relatively simple — what has been your favorite part this far of becoming Caitlyn?
Just being able to be myself. Recently I went on a trip with some of my new friends and I had such a wonderful time. I packed for the first time — as just Caitlyn, nobody else — which is the first time I’ve ever done that. I was gone for five days and had such a fantastic experience with all of these girls who have all been through the same thing. We had so many stories to tell. We had so many things that we were all dealing with. It was just truly a liberating experience. I knew then that I could never go back.
For the rest of the questions and answers, visit CaitlynJenner.com right now.