Caitlyn Jenner was recognized at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards

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Caitlyn Jenner was recognized at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Caitlyn Jenner was recognized at the 25th annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards for her advocacy work in the LGBT community. She said in her speech that her family has never abandoned her and have all remained supportive during her transition.

She said, “Of all the things I’ve done in my life, Caity is why God put me on this earth: to tell my story; to be honest with myself about who I am. And in doing that, making a difference in the world. And I’m very happy to be living on the other side.”

During her acceptance speech, she talked about her years leading up to her transition and how they were full of isolation. She said, “My transition was very, very long. I had many, many, many years of isolation from the world, of lying to the world, of not being myself. I got to a few years ago; I was back out in Malibu in my home, all alone. I raised wonderful children. And I thought: ‘What am I gonna do with my life?’ I isolated myself and lied to myself and lied to the world for so long: ‘What am I gonna do with my life?'”

She went on to say, “I sat down with my pastor, talked to him about my issues. And yes, I had a lot of conversations with God. I came to the conclusion: You know what? Maybe this is why God put me on this earth—to tell my story. To be authentic to myself, to who I am. And maybe in doing that, maybe you can make a difference in the world. What a great opportunity in life to have.”

She said that tabloid reports leading up to her announcement were hurtful to her family and took a toll on all of them. She said, “I sat down with each one of my ten children, and it was the big secret in the family that nobody could talk about because I was getting destroyed in the tabloids every week, walking through the grocery line, looking at the headlines. And so were my children. It was hurtful. So I sat each one of ’em down, and I said, ‘This is my story. This is who I am. What can I do?'”

After coming out as trans, she said she saw a shift in how people reacted. She said, “So it started with Diane Sawyer … so eloquently and so beautifully telling my story. And then two months later, then pictures and the name came out: Boy, oh boy, did the conversation change. No longer [was] the media saying terrible things about you, because they would be homophobic. All of a sudden, everybody became comfortable. Boy, did the conversations change. All of a sudden, all these new questions came into my life. People were going, ‘What’s your style? What are you gonna wear? Who are your heroes? Are you a feminist?’ All these questions, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve got so much to learn.'”

She continued, “From getting a female driver’s license to just going out in public, ‘I like being myself’ finally
For years and years, I never felt like I fit in anywhere. I always felt as an outsider; I never felt good in the male side, and I wasn’t obviously in the female side. I was kind of stuck in the middle. But all of a sudden, after making these decisions and coming out, it was by far the best thing that I ever did. Because for so many years, I lost my enthusiasm for life. Literally, sitting in my house for almost six years. Because I never really wanted to come out—just to go to work, that was about it. Now, actually, I like going out. And I like being myself. And in doing that, it’s been an amazing the opportunity we have for change, for people to understand this issue because it’s so difficult…”

She added, “Finally, last week, I got my driver’s license! Picture and gender marker ‘F’! It’s always the little things in life that really you notice. I could not have done this without the people who have gone before me: the Laverne Cox’s of the world, the Janet Mock’s … What I have learned about this community is what a great group of women there are out there, who have worked so hard to be authentic to themselves and authentic to womanhood.”

Source, Photo Credit: Fame/Flynet

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