Caitlyn Jenner considered coming out as transgender in death
Caityn Jenner, who publicly transitioned in 2015, has revealed she considered coming out as trans in death.
Talking to Broadly, Jenner discussed her first attempts at transitioning back in the 1980s.
Jenner said she postponed her transition upon falling in love with ex-wife Kris Jenner, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians matriarch.
The former Olympian said that before making the life-changing decision to transition, she thought “a lot” about being buried in women’s clothes.
“I thought about that a lot over the years,” Jenner said, “and it would shock everybody. Screw ‘em.”
Jenner came out as trans in 2015 and documented her transition through the E! reality show, I Am Cait. But accepting herself as a trans woman was something she struggled with for years.
After building her career as a successful Olympian, Jenner said she found it difficult to detach from the masculine personality she had created for herself.
In the ’80s, Jenner decided she would transition before turning 40. She underwent plastic surgery on her nose, began taking cross-sex hormones and had a hair removal procedure for her beard.
She said she had a “small B-cup” when she met Kris Jenner. After their marriage and birth of Kendall Jenner, their first child together, Jenner underwent a surgery to get rid of her breasts.
“I can’t even go swimming with my kid,” Jenner said she felt at the time.
- Caitlyn Jenner speaks at the AOL 2016 MAKERS conference at Terranea Resort on February 2, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)
In 2015, Jenner left her former identity as Bruce behind and finally embraced Caitlyn and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair’s best-selling issue of the year and received Glamour’s Woman of the Year award.
But missteps after her very public transition earned her the ire of the LGBT community.
Jenner upset the LGBT audience with her remarks on marriage equality. Appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, she said: “I’m older than most people in the audience. I kind of like tradition, and it’s always been a man and a woman. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t quite get it.’”
Furthermore, her status as a celeb and white rich woman didn’t sit well with trans activists, who thought Jenner was in no position to understand the struggles of poor trans people of colour, who suffer more abuse and experience more discrimination than others.
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