The reality TV star has apologised after her comments during a recent interview left many offended, labelling her as ‘transphobic’.
During an interview for Time magazine, which the 66-year-old gave after being revealed as number seven on the shortlist for their Person of the Year issue she said: “If you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.”
However, Jenner has now explained herself in a blog post on her website titled Still So Much To Learn:
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’.
The trans-community and beyond spoke out against her comments, branding them transphobic:
Jenner goes on to say:
I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment, and I’m truly sorry. 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.
In the blog post she highlights the fact that some people look gender non-conforming because they want to look that way and many people don’t have the resources to access the medical procedures that would help them look the way they would like.
She finishes the post by saying:
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. I am guessing this is probably not the last time I will say the wrong thing, or say something the wrong way.
Probably not Caitlyn, probably not.