To celebrate Pride Month, Caitlyn Jenner is opening up about her own experiences transitioning in the public eye. The Olympian and reality star discussed the topic in an essay featured on POPSUGAR. In her empowering essay, she revealed how she was able to finally embrace her authentic self and go public as Caitlyn in 2015.
She writes, "I had to stay very quiet until the Diane Sawyer interview aired. The paparazzi were absolutely all over me wherever I went. If I left my house, I would have four or five cars following me and taking pictures. Between the Sawyer interview and the Vanity Fair shoot, I couldn't be seen out anywhere. I had to put privacy fences around the perimeter of my house, so the paparazzi couldn't invade my privacy while I walked from the house to the pool. I was literally stuck inside for months until the Vanity Fair piece came out and the barriers came down."
Caitlyn's essay notes how the transgender community has long struggled to get support. And she further reveals that since coming out, she has found freedom. "After coming out and transitioning, my life became much simpler. At this point I was proud; I had struggled for so long, my entire life, and it's such a good feeling not to carry the burden of secrets anymore," she writes. "I can just wake up in the morning, be myself, and live my life."
Other notable folks involved in POPSUGAR's PRIDE Month coverage include Matt Dallas and husband Blue Hamilton, Brad Goreski, Big Freedia, Rep. Park Cannon, and Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, among others.
Check out photos of Caitlyn, below.