Caitlyn Jenner may be new to the transgender scene, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t understand her power and responsibility as one of this generation’s biggest transgender activists. And in a powerful new blog post, she uses her star power to explain to the world her journey into the transgender community.
In the first of a series of blog posts for Whosay about her new life as a trans woman titled “The Real Me,” Jenner opens up about previously feeling isolated from the trans community and how she’s now learning so much about herself and the trans world around her from her new friends:
“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.
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.”
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,” Jenner writes.
And that’s not all Jenner has to say. Read about her plans to share more about her trans friends and the trans community after the cut.