Although Cailtyn Jenner has had quite the amazing year, recent comment she made in a Time Magazine interview have upset people. She took to her blog to address- and apologize- for these comments. What did she specifically have to say?
Caitlyn Jenner Time Magazine Comments Apology
“I’ve tried to be a force for good,” Jenner wrote, but admitted that “I still feel like I have so much to learn.”
“I guess it’s true that there are some things that I have not gotten right,” she continued, explaining that, “Sometimes I’ve said things that just come out the wrong way.”
“This week a lot of attention was brought to my comments in my TIME interview,” she explained, “in which I said that my appearance is important to me, that I want people to be at ease when they encounter me, and that people are still uncomfortable if a trans person looks like ‘a man in a dress.’
“I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment,” she addd, “and I’m truly sorry.”
She then went on to further explain herself, detailing that, “What I was trying to say is that our world really is still a binary one, and that people who look ‘visibly transgender’ sometimes can struggle for acceptance and may be treated poorly by others. And while this may be true, it’s also something that needs to change.”
“Some people look gender non-conforming because they want to look that way – they don’t want to conform to society’s expectations,” she continued. “Those people have every right to look and present exactly as they choose. And then there are other people who don’t have the resources to access the medical procedures that would help them look the way they would like to look. Procedures, incidentally, that most health insurance plans refuse to cover. All of these people are my brothers and my sisters, and I am fighting alongside them, too.”
She elaborated that, “My comments probably made it seem like all I care about is fashion, or makeup, or appearance. I can tell you I really enjoy all of that—it’s who I am. It’s the world I come from, and as a person in the media I have certain expectations for myself. But I am only one person. There are a lot of ways of being trans. And I want to help create a world in which people are able to express their gender in any way that is true and authentic for them. And most importantly – a world in which how a trans person is treated isn’t dependent on how they look.”
She wrapped with saying that, “I am guessing this is probably not the last time I will say the wrong thing, or say something the wrong way. I promise to keep learning, and to try to be more articulate in the future.”
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