Caitlyn Jenner has retreated from the public spotlight and paparazzi that once followed her every move. In her first lengthy sit-down magazine interview in more than a year, Caitlyn spoke with us about her work as a behind-the-scenes advocate for transgender rights on Capitol Hill, her new opinion of Donald Trump, and her relationship with her family. Read the full interview at the link in bio. (📷: Victoria Stevens for Variety)
Caitlyn Jenner is still trying, but I don’t respect her efforts at all. Do you realize it’s been more than three years since her Diane Sawyer interview? Time flies. Caitlyn took part in Variety’s Transgender Issue, all about transgender actors and activists within Hollywood and what they’re doing for the trans community as a whole. Cait wasn’t featured on the cover, but she got a long write-up, and she did her first interview in months. Caitlyn wants you to know that she’s been working on the downlow for trans issues, even if no one believes her. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:
She’s no longer everywhere: “I don’t do a lot of media. I don’t want to be seen everywhere. Today, I’m very politically involved. Nobody really knows it. I do it very quietly because I have been so criticized by the liberal side of the media. I can get more things done if I don’t stick my nose into everything publicly.”
Being rejected by the trans community for supporting Republicans like Ted Cruz & Donald Trump: “No matter what you say or do, they think you don’t get it because you’re this kind of white, privileged person,” says Jenner. She disputes the notion that she hasn’t worked hard, or that her wealth disqualifies her from being an advocate. “I haven’t turned my back on anybody,” she says. But Jenner has received a cold shoulder from some of her peers: “I’ve felt it big time, and it hurts. Sometimes this community can be really tough.”
She goes to Washington every month to meet with legislators: “I met with Paul Ryan. I’ve met with just about everybody. Publicly, they aren’t supportive of transgender rights. I’ve never had anybody not be nice to my face.”
She’s disappointed that Trump hasn’t done anything for the trans community: “Get over it! I honestly don’t know what happened when he got in there. It was extraordinarily disappointing. He’s not been doing a very good job, but it’s not over yet.”
She won’t confirm that Sophie Hutchins, a 22-year-old transgender woman, is her girlfriend: Hutchins is at her house on the day of our interview, and she follows us into Jenner’s office to listen to our conversation. Although they sound like a couple — Jenner asks Hutchins for the name of the last great movie they saw together (Hutchins suggests “I, Tonya”) — they deny that they are. “We are not going to get into that,” Jenner says. “But we are very close. We do a lot of things together. We’re kind of inseparable. We’re the best of friends.” Regardless of the nature of their personal relationship, Hutchins is the executive director of the Caitlyn Jenner Foundation, which was formed last year to advance transgender rights.
Caitlyn truly, truly doesn’t see what’s wrong. She doesn’t understand, she lacks the critical thinking necessary to put two and two together: the transgender community didn’t support her because she was supporting politicians who openly despised transgender people. She literally voted for the politicians who had the longest histories of hateful rhetoric against the trans community, and then Cait was like “OMG why don’t you guys support my choices?”
As for Cait’s relationship with Sophie, a 22-year-old… I mean, by all means, date someone young enough to be your granddaughter. But maybe don’t make her director of your foundation? Yikes.
Photos courtesy of Variety, Backgrid.