Caitlyn Jenner wants to say she’s sorry.
The 6th-runner-up for Time‘s 2015 Person Of The Year got in some hot water after she told the magazine that “if you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.”
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Plenty of people took to social media to sound off on the offensive remark, and they definitely weren’t happy. So, the brunette beauty decided to pen an apology in an op-ed for WhoSay.
The 66-year-old admitted:
“I guess it’s true that there are some things that I have not gotten right. Sometimes this is because I’m still finding out about the issues. Sometimes this is because something that is true for me isn’t true for other people in our community. And sometimes I’ve said things that just come out the wrong way. And sometimes the media takes one comment out of context—or interprets it to mean something other than what I meant.”
The reality star clarified her comments, saying she meant no harm:
“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.”
The former Olympian went on to explain that appearances vary because of things like personal preference or lack of finances, adding:
“Some people look gender non-conforming because they want to look that way – they don’t want to conform to society’s expectations. 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.”
The proud parent said she stands by the transgender community, proclaiming:
“All of these people are my brothers and my sisters, and I am fighting alongside them, too. “
The I Am Cait star also elaborated on the statements she made about her own presentation.
And while people have criticized her for similar remarks in the past, she confessed that’s how she chooses to express herself, explaining:
“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 she acknowledged that not everyone feels that way, and said that’s completely okay. Cait revealed she’s fighting to make sure that everyone understands that, confessing:
“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.”
That certainly sounds like the world we want to live in!
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