As we learned yesterday, People Magazine only just now got around to publishing a “pride issue” (Anderson Cooper and his “o rly” baby were on the cover), which provided them a perfect opportunity to talk to Caitlyn Jenner on the fifth anniversary of her transition. She also briefly touched on her “activism” and political journey from MAGA hatted FOT (friend of Trump), to unhatted DFOT (disappointed friend of Trump). Of course, People being People, they let Caitlyn gently tip-toe around the topic of politics, even though now is the time for stomping in cleats.
According to People, Caitlyn says that she accomplished all she wanted to in the 65 years she spent living as Bruce Jenner, noting Bruce’s greatest achievement was having “raised 10 kids,” I’m sure much to the amusement of the Kardashian ones. It was after she transitioned that she realized that her purpose in life was to advocate for trans people.
“Bruce did just about everything he can do. He raised 10 kids. Now what does Caitlyn do?”
Jenner began to embrace that idea.“I thought, what a great opportunity to change the world’s thinking; 51 percent of trans people attempt suicide. The murder rate — we’ve been losing one trans woman of color every two weeks,” she says.
But since she was “a lifelong Republican,” at the time, she says she was shut out of the LGBTQ community and was even “uninvited to fundraisers she’d donated to.” I guess she didn’t get the memo that the dress code specifically banned “ugly ass red ball caps that symbolize everything we’re fighting against.” Nevertheless, she persisted.
“They said I’m ‘too controversial.’ And that hurt,” she says. “I think I had been wearing rose-colored glasses. I thought I could change the world. Now I know I can only try and change one person at a time.”
Jenner feels like she’s made meaningful progress. “I’ve changed my thinking in a lot of ways,” she says. (She now identifies as “economically conservative, socially progressive” and believes “we need equality for all, regardless of who’s in the White House.”)
It’s a good thing I already know who’s in the White House, otherwise, I’d be left with a lot of questions about this mealy-mouthed response. And while you wouldn’t know it from looking at her Instagram page, which is almost completely dedicated to the promotion of some kind of sunscreen product (save one post of a black square captioned $blackout. Yes, that was a typo but all of Caitlyn’s #s are $s in spirit), she thinks she’s really helping the trans community with her Caitlyn Jenner Foundation, the Instagram of which hasn’t been updated since February 2019.
“I love my community. I truly want to help,” she says. To that end, she has been quietly giving trans students college scholarships over the past three years and has realigned her foundation to focus on trans youth.
The link on the CJF IG page reads “Support underserved trans communities as you shop, on @amazonsmile,” which I guess is more helpful than the link in her personal page which goes to “Lumasol. Revolutionizing SPF.”