The premiere of the 8-part docuseries "I Am Cait" premiered last night on the E! Channel and I loved it. It was raw, truthful, courageous and wildly entertaining and I think Jenner has a runaway hit on her perfectly manicured hands.
There were many highlights of the show including Caitlyn's first meeting with her mother Esther as a transgender female. I loved the complete and unconditional love her mom showed her and only wish this was the scenario in more cases like this. She said, "I thought I could never be prouder of Bruce than when he won Olympic gold standing on the podium with the American flag flying behind him, but I am now. What she's done is very courageous."
Jenner invited Susan Landon, the director of the Los Angeles Gender Center, to her family meeting to help her mother and sisters better understand the transition. At one point in the conversation, Esther recounts that, as a child, Caitlyn didn't enjoy wearing boy's clothing and asks if that was some kind of sign.
Another highlight, although sad, was Cait's meeting with the mother of Kyler Prescott. Prescott, an accomplished pianist and
activist for marriage equality and animal rights in San Diego, Calif., died by suicide on May 18 after being targeted by bullies. The transgender boy was 14 years old. Jenner shared her own thoughts about suicide. "I've had some very dark moments in my life," she says. "I've been in my house with a gun and said, let's just end it right here."
Besides being entertaining, the show was also very informative. This is nothing new for Jenner who also used her platform as an Olympian to inspire others as a motivational speaker. At the end of the show, I was happy to see a PSA saying “If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgement-free place to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386.”
I tweeted last night that I loved the show and received this message from a follower: "Sorry Candace- you just lost me as a follower. Think about the CHILDREN! Jenner is a MALE!"
I told him, "I will miss you Glenn but everyone is entitled to their own opinion AND lives and Caitlyn Jenner is living hers to the fullest.
I wish everyone could do the same--live their lives without fear and prejudice. Good luck Cait! I'll be watching.....
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