Some Kardashians, some education — 5 things to expect from the ‘I Am Cait …

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner ‘considered suicide’ before transition.

The former athlete, who has undergone a transition to live as a woman, opened up about the pain she felt before she decided to come out as transgender.Caitlyn Jenner has revealed her emotional rollercoaster over the last few years before she finally made the brave decision to undergo a sex change to become a woman.

‘My first feeling was – I lost my son,’ says Esther Jenner, Caitlyn’s elderly mother in the trailer for Sunday’s tell-all documentary, I Am Cait. Caitlyn confessed: “I’ve been in some dark places, I have been in my house with a gun and said, ‘Let’s just end it right there, no more pain, no more suffering. Far more than simply providing titillation, or even capitalising on the compulsive curiosity of those who dismiss her transition as some sort of stunt, Jenner wants to help to promote understanding and acceptance for transgender people. “I feel a huge responsibility to the community,” she says, wistfully. “I hope I get it right.

Like a well-oiled machine, the Jenner/Kardashian family has been training for years to give the press exactly what they want – clean cut emotional responses, happy or sad. Though billed as a documentary, the style is somewhat soapy, with long shots of the sun-drenched Pacific coastline and Jenner’s clifftop Malibu home, along with a sequence seemingly designed to simply show off Caitlyn’s new wardrobe (and her excellent legs): here she is in a sequinned miniskirt, a tennis dress and headband, a bathing suit. The cameras also caught Kim Kardashian and rap star husband Kanye West meeting her for the first time, and it also delved into her new mission – to help cut suicides in the transgender community. Now, the 65-year-old describes herself as “optimistic about the future”, contrasting this with life before the transition: “I was an isolationist, I isolated myself from the world because I didn’t fit in, I was kind of stuck in the middle. That’ll never change, but this will take some getting used to.’ The New York Post writes: ‘She’s a tiny woman who has wrinkles, sparkling green eyes and a dazzling smile.

But most of all: she’s a straight shooter.’ The mother-of-four looked adoringly at her child – appearing to see neither man nor woman, confusion nor contempt, just love – as Caitlyn accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Pam, Caitlyn’s sister who he confided in over her desire to transgender over 30 years ago also told how she thought that therapy would help Caitlyn change her mind.

Caitlyn though summed up her last year perfectly when she said: “Having that opportunity to be honest with my family is like someone taking 1000 pounds off of my shoulders, and people thing Caitlyn is much more fun than Bruce ever was.

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