Jenner ‘doesn’t understand what being a woman is about’
McGowan pens an open letter on Facebook about Jenner’s acceptance speech for Glamour’s Woman of the Year award:
Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all. You want to be a woman and stand with us – well learn us. We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you. You’re a woman now? Well f***ing learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege.
Official name, gender change
Judge Rosenberg grants Jenner’s petition to change her name and gender during a brief hearing at LA Superior Court. Jenner does not attend but is represented by two lawyers. The approval means Jenner’s new name is Caitlyn Marie Jenner, replacing her birth name of William Bruce Jenner. She can now get documents — including a driver’s license and Social Security card — that conform to her new identity. Some details of the petition are redacted for provacy reasons:
Although public support for my transition has been overwhelmingly supportive, I am also receiving unwelcome negative attention from private citizens, including threats of bodily harm.
Will not be prosecuted
The L.A. County D.A.’s Office says that Jenner was negligent, but not criminal and will not be prosecuted for vehicular manslaughter in February’s fatal PCH car crash. However, sources say that The D.A. can ignore the conclusions and go forward by filing criminal charges anyway, although it is seen as unlikely.
Fears being sent to men’s jail
In an interview with Lauer on Today, Jenner says she cannot say much about the crash as she is involved in litigation, but admits her fears over possibly being sent to Los Angeles Men’s County Jail should she be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter.
I remember it happening. That’s about it…A tragedy like this, you’ll never get over it. You just learn to live with it the best you possibly can…That [going to men’s jail] is the worst case scenario. I don’t know. We’ll see. The Men’s County Jail. It is an enormous problem that they would put trans-women in Men’s County Jail.
She also says she has no regrets transitioning.
I think about my life — and where I’m at in my life right now. What a tremendous experience this is. Hardly nobody gets to live two genders in their life. Everybody wonders, ‘Oh, what’s it like to be coming from the other side?’ You know, their thinking, the way they act, everything? And here I have the opportunity to do that. And to be honest with you, everything’s so new and fun. From that standpoint, it’s been great. There’s nothing more, nothing better in life to wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and feel comfortable with yourself and who you are.
Kaitlyn halloween costume released
Spirit Halloween releases a Caitlyn Jenner costume in time for Halloween. The costume recreates Jenner’s look when she debuted as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair in June, complete with shorts, a padded top, a wig, and a sash that reads, “Call Me Caitlyn.”
May face manslaughter charge
Detectives will present evidence to the prosecution that could lead to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against Jenner. Because there’s “nothing really egregious” in the case, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. says there’s a “50/50” chance that she will be charged. A misdemeanor manslaughter charge usually carries a one-year jail sentence.
West praises Jenner
West and Kardashian meet with Jenner for the first time following her transition on E!’s I Am Cait. West:
One of the strongest things that have happened in our existence as human beings that are controlled by perception. You couldn’t have been up against more: Like, your daughter is a supermodel, you’re a celebrity, you have every type of thing, and it was still like, ‘f— everybody, this is who I am.’
I Am Cait premiere
Jenner stars in E! eight-part docuseries, I Am Caitt. The show follows her introducing herself to her family, starting with her mother, Esther, and her two sisters, Lisa and Pam. She is suppoorted by two friends: Ronda, her friend and personal assistant, and Courtney, her devoted hair stylist. On her responsibility to the transgender community:
I have a voice and there are so many people out there that do not.
Jenner’s mother says she likes Caitlyn’s personality better than Bruce’s.
I think he’s a very good-looking woman.
Discuses VF article
Jenner, Carter and others who worked on the Vanity Fair cover and article talk about their work in a behind-the-scenes short film. Carter:
He was at a stage in his life where he was going to make this seismic change. I thought this cover, if we got it right, with a great image from Annie Leibovitz, you’ve got this incredible cresting political issue of transgender…We brought in the security that we use for the Oscar party, for the Whitehouse Correspondents’ Dinner,” Carter explained. “We had security at the photoshoot, security at the printer.
I’ve basically been inside this house for three months. I haven’t really left. It’s difficult because I can’t go out and be seen by the paparazzi. It was just hell. It was really, really tough on me…It’s been great, so many good people, and love and support. I had this one time where I looked from a distance and I just thought, ‘Oh my god!’ It was the first time I’d ever really seen an image of me, who I am. Over-the-top better than I ever thought I’d ever be, especially at my age. Seeing that image was powerful to me.
Introduces Culture Club
Jenner goes on stage a L.A.’s Greek Theatre to introduce Culture Club.
Thank you very much! Thank you! Caitlyn Jenner in the house for her first Boy George concert! This is going to be a good group. Thank you so much. Enough about me. Thank you for being here tonight This is so much fun for me and let’s hear it here at the Greek Theatre for Boy George!
I expected a standing ovation for her and I wasn’t disappointed. We need to celebrate the kinds of changes that are happening.
Cox meets Jenner
Cox and Jenner meet after months of contact via phone and Twitter.
I was deeply moved by About Bruce and Caitlyn’s family’s very really struggle with this change and the deep love and devotion that they have for Caitlyn was deeply moving. I cried many, many times watching it.
Accepts ESPYS’ Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS, in talks about support for transgendered youth:
Real truth is before few months ago, I’ve never met anyone else who was trans. Never. As you saw, I dealt with my situation on my own, in private. But all across the world, there are young people coming to terms with being transgender. They’re trying to figure out how to handle that. They’re getting bullied. They’re getting murdered. And they’re committing suicide. This is the reality of what it’s like being trans today…My plea for you tonight is to join me in making this one of your issues as well. How do we start? Start with education. Learn as much as you can about another person. I know the people in this room have respect for hard work. I trained hard. I competed hard. And for that, people respected me. But this transition has been harder for me than anything I could have imagined. Trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect.
It is an honor to have the word courage associated with my life. Another word I have is fortunate. I owe a lot to sports. It has given me an identity. If someone wanted to bully me [back then], it didn’t matter because I was the MVP. Same thing goes tonight. If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it. So for the people wondering what this is all about — courage, controversy, publicity, it’s about what happens from here… its not just about one person. It’s about thousands. Not just me, all of us. Accepting one another. We’re all different and that’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. While it may not be easy to get past, it is possible if we do it together. Thank you so much for this honor, bestowed on myself and my family.
Crash images released
ET releases surveillance camera images of Jenner’s crash. The images, shot from two angles by security cameras on a passing public bus, appear to show Jenner’s Cadillac Escalade, which was towing a trailer carrying an off-road vehicle, hitting both a white Lexus, driven by Howe, and a black Prius. Howe collides with a black Hummer, and dies in the crash. Jenner’s attorney:
As part of a reasonable investigation, we have seen parts of an MTA bus video, and when all of the photographic and video evidence of this tragic accident, and all available witness information, is made available to us, we will be in a better position to make fair comments.
I Am Cait trailer
E! Online releases a trailer for I am Cait, an eight-part, one-hour documentary series which will illustrate the star living her life as a transgender woman. The show airs Sunday, July 26.
When you start learning the kind of pressure women are under, all the time, until their appearance all the time. I never got it until a ouple of weeks ago. A professional came in and did my makeup. What a difference!
Jenner makes her first statement since the Vanity fair article:
I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 1, 2015
Vanity Fair video
The magazine releases a video of Jenner’s photo shoot:
I was probably at the games because I was running away from a lot of things. I’m very very proud of the accomplishment. I don’t want to diminish that. The last few days in doing this shoot is about my life, and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare. It’s not about people cheering in the stadium. It’s not about going down he street and everybody giving me an ‘Attaboy Bruce’ pat on the back. This is about your life. Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie. Every day he always had a secret, from morning ’til night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.
Vanity Fair cover
Jenner comes out as Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair., appearing in a corset in a photo by Liebowitz.
If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.
In the article she describes doing public appearances after winning the gold medal:
Underneath my suit I have a bra and panty hose and this and that and thinking to myself, They know nothing about me. . . . Little did they know I was totally empty inside. Caitlyn. doesn’t have any lies.
Wrongful death suit
Jenner is sued by the stepchildren of Howe, who claim Jenner was ‘careless and negligent’ when he rear-ended her car, causing it to crash into another car, leading to her death in February. A source close to the investigation claims Jenner only had insurance coverage up to $250,000 at the time of the accident.
Lovato praises Jenner’s transgender revelation by dedicating the song Warrior to him at a concert in New Zealand.
He was honest and he was open with his story. And whether you agree with it or not, he probably saved so many lives and educated so many people.
Calls Bruce her ‘Hero’
Kris Jenner comes out in support of her ex-husband after he announces his transition from male to female.
Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero.
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) April 25, 2015