Caitlyn Jenner’s interview for TIME magazine’s Person Of the Year didn’t sit well with some people—to put it lightly. In the last week alone, many have railed against Jenner for saying that when a trans person looks like “a man in a dress,” others become uncomfortable. So in light of her comments, Caitlyn is clarifying her stance in an op-ed for WhoSay.
“Since I told the world my truth six months ago, I’ve tried to be a force for good. I’ve met and listened to many people in the transgender community, from trans women of color, to the parents of trans kids who’ve taken their own lives, to people working in the courts and legislatures and media to make the world a better, safer place for trans people. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to people tell me their stories. Even now, at the end of this whirlwind year, I still feel like I have so much to learn.”
“I guess it’s true that there are some things that I have not gotten right. Sometimes 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.”
Caitlyn goes on to write that the media nitpicks soundbites out of context, misconstruing what she really means sometimes. But for the comments she has made that may have caused pain to others, she is “truly sorry.”
“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.”
To read more of the exclusive op-ed, click here.