Caitlyn Jenner has experienced a vast spectrum of emotional reactions from the LGBTQ community over the years. After being praised for brining much needed visibility to the transgender conversation when she came out on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2015, she later found herself as the target for their social wrath. Though Jenner aligned herself with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election and in its aftermath, she remained one of the most visible members of the global trans community. But at one point in Jenner's life, she didn't think she'd even be able to come out until after her death.
In a new interview with Broadly, Jenner talks about her approach to her transition at different times in her life and how, in at least one scenario, people would have found out the truth about her at her own funeral. "I thought about that a lot over the years," Jenner said of living out her life as her former identity, Bruce, and being buried in women's clothes. "And it would shock everybody. Screw 'em."
Jenner also speaks candidly of a life post-Olympic glory and pre-Kris Kardashian, when she attempted to secretly transition but was still hindered - first by fear, then by love. "Kris and I got married and I kind of hid it the best that I could," she said, referring to her softening features brought on by hormone therapy and hair removal procedures for her beard. "When Kendall was born, I had liposuction and got rid of [my breasts]," she said, "because I thought, I can't even go swimming with my kid." Though Jenner says she cried having to give up a piece of her gender identity, she said she made the decision to put her children first.
Jenner isn't oblivious to her poor decisions during the election cycle or her social missteps. "Along the way, did I make mistakes? Absolutely," she said. "But I never did it maliciously."
She's even come around to realizing how detrimental Trump's administration has been to the LGBTQ community. "[He] has been, for all LGBT issues, the worst president we have ever had," she said. "I want him to know politically I am disappointed, obviously. I don't want our community to go backwards." She added: "just leave us alone, that's all we want. Then maybe later down the line, we can get somebody a little better." Read the full Broadly interview, here.
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