Caitlyn Jenner has often said she doesn’t view herself as a spokesperson for the transgender community, but, increasingly, the community is viewing her as one, and that’s resulting in controversy when she speaks out about her own transition and how it relates to wider issues in the transgender community. The latest case in point, as Mashable notes, are comments made in a recent interview with TIME that were seen, at best, as out of touch. “This week a lot of attention was brought to my comments in my TIME interview, in which 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,’” Jenner wrote in a post on her blog. “I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment,” she added, “and I’m truly sorry.” Jenner went on to explain the remark as it pertains to her life and experience. “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,” Jenner wrote, “it’s also something that needs to change.”
Since going public with her transition earlier this year, Jenner has been a veritable lightning rod for criticism. She’s sustained withering attacks from celebrities and social critics on seemingly all manner of gender issues. Much of the criticism focuses on her apparent fixation with fashion and style, a point Jenner acknowledged in her mea culpa. “I can tell you I really enjoy all of that — it’s who I am,” she wrote in response. She added that she’s still has a lot to learn and suggested that people gird themselves for more gaffes in the future. “I’m guessing this is probably not the last time I will say the wrong thing, or say something the wrong way,” Jenner wrote. “I promise to keep learning, and to try to be more articulate in the future. We have a lot of hard work to do. I am looking forward to doing it together.
Read the full apology at Caitlyn Jenner’s blog.