Caitlyn Jenner apologises for ‘man in a dress’ comments
Caitlyn Jenner has apologised for comments which led to accusations of transphobia.
The reality star and former Olympian opened up to TIME Magazine, after making the shortlist for Person of the Year.
She said: “If you’re out there and, to be honest with you, if you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.”
Responding to accusations of transphobia following the interview, she has now written for the Huffington Post to clarify her words.
She wrote: “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.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.”
She goes on to reflect on her “journey”, saying: “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.”
“But I am only one person. There are a lot of ways of being trans,” she continues. “And 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.”
Jenner’s original comments have upset some members of the trans community, who don’t have access to her vast wealth to achieve her level of glam.
It’s not the first time she has shocked LGBT fans – earlier this year admitting that she used to oppose equal marriage, before publicly coming out as transgender.
Explaining that she had changed her mind on the issue, she said: “If the word ‘marriage’ is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”
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