Caitlyn Jenner has "a lot of catching up to do." That's how the public speaker, activist and Olympian introduces her new column for WhoSay, "The Real Me," syndicated through the Huffington Post.
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?
In her efforts to get it right, Jenner had dinner with six trans women a few weeks ago through which she learned not only how fortunate she was, but realized the need to share the stories of those less fortunate.
I've heard every horror story there is in the book. You wouldn't believe the types of ordeals these people have had, how they have had to literally fight for their own survival. Many trans teens are bullied and abused in high school. It's just horrendous. Then there's the other dark side of this issue: did you know that nearly 25% of the women in high-end sex business are reportedly trans women?
Seeing how my new friends have overcome their adversities is such an inspiration. They are so well-adjusted and smart. I'll be sharing their stories here in the coming weeks and I can't wait for you to get to know them. They are just like you and me.
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Jenner meets a group of trans youth in the latest clip from her upcoming E! docuseries, I Am Cait. "Hang out with the people that love you and respect you," the 65-year-old advised them in the midst of a group hug. "We're all beautiful!"
Check out the clip below:
I Am Cait premieres on E! July 26 at 8pm.
Les Fabian Brathwaite -- the real-ish me.