Caitlyn Jenner Apologizes For “Man in a Dress” Comment
Caitlyn Jenner, man in a dress, TIME
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Caitlyn Jenner Apologizes For “Man in a Dress” Comment

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Caitlyn Jenner only became a transgender figurehead around June when she came out — and because of her celebrity status, she can’t hide her steep learning curve and her mistakes along the way.

Just recently, for example, she sparked anger within the trans population with a TIME interview in which she says, “If you’re out there and, to be honest with you, if you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.”

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“I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment, and I'm truly sorry,” she says now — in a new WhoSay essay titled “Still So Much to Learn.”

Reflecting further on the remarks, the 66-year-old acknowledges there are people who want to look gender non-conforming — and there are others who don’t have the resources to look they way they want to look, especially because most health insurance plans don’t cover such procedures.

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Cait admits that her appearance — clothing and makeup included — is important to her, partly because of the world she comes from.

“But I am only one person,” she adds. “There are a lot of ways of being trans. 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.”